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Measles health alert

April 2018

Five cases of measles have been reported during the last three weeks in Queensland, with one case in Townsville and four in the Brisbane and Logan regions. Movements of recent cases have included, but not limited to, the Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct, Brisbane focused around Ann and Wickham Streets from 11pm on 21 March until 3am on 1 April.

Measles is a highly infectious disease with symptoms including high temperature, lethargy, cough and red eyes. These symptoms are commonly followed by a blotchy, red rash which often starts on the face which becomes widespread over the body.

GPs and hospitals throughout Queensland have been notified they may see further presentations of measles in the next few weeks. If you think you may have measles you should call ahead to your GP or hospital to ensure processes are in place to prevent the further spread of the disease.

The best way to protect yourself against measles is to be vaccinated. If you think you may not have had measles or you have not been vaccinated, visit your GP to arrange a vaccination today.

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Last updated: 9 April 2018