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Measles case in Brisbane

A 32-year-old paramedic has been diagnosed with measles and is currently in hospital in a serious condition.

The man worked while he was unknowingly infectious between 10 May and 12 May. He may also have come into contact with people while not on duty between 10-18 May.

Contact tracing is now underway with QAS staff and patients the man may have come into contact with.

The paramedic also attended some hospitals in Brisbane during the evening of 11 May and the morning of 12 May:

  1. The Princess Alexandra Hospital
    11/5: 7.45pm to 9.30pm and 11.15pm to 12.15am
    12/5: 5.45am to 8.10am
  2. Greenslopes Private Hospital
    12/5: 12.15am to 1.30am
  3. The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
    11/5: 9.30pm to 10.30pm
  4. The QE II Hospital
    12/5: 4am to 5.15am

The man caught the barge to Moreton Island at 7am on 14 May and returned to the mainland late yesterday evening.

Measles is a highly infectious disease that is spread from person to person by droplets during coughing and sneezing.  Measles can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).

You are generally considered to be immune to measles if:

  • You were born before 1 January 1966; or
  • You have had two documented doses of a measles containing vaccine; or
  • You have measles immunity proven on blood testing; or
  • You have had the measles disease.

If you were born on or after 1 January 1966 and have received one documented dose of a measles containing vaccine it is recommended you receive another measles vaccination.

Anyone with concerns should contact 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or their general practitioner.

Last updated: 19 May 2015