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Measles alert

4 February 2020

Sunshine Coast Health

Queensland Health is responding to a new notification of measles in an adolescent boy, who spent time at Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore.

The patient was unknowingly infectious while visiting Sunshine Plaza on 23 January between 1-4 pm.

Members of the public who were in these areas, on this date, need to be alert for symptoms of measles for the next three weeks.

31 January 2020

Sunshine Coast Health

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) is responding to a new notification of measles in an adult female, who spent time in the Mooloolaba Wharf precinct while she was infectious.

SCHHS Public Health Unit Director, Dr Virginia McLaughlin, said the woman was most likely exposed to measles in Asia, where she had been travelling, and there is known ongoing measles activity.

The woman was unknowingly infectious while visiting the Mooloolaba Wharf precinct on 23 January between 7pm and 9 pm.

Members of the public who were in these areas, on this date, need to be alert for symptoms of measles for the next three weeks.

27 January 2020

Metro South Health

There has been a confirmed case of measles in Brisbane's South. The individual spent time at the following locations while unknowingly being contagious.

  • Flight QF 52 (Singapore to Brisbane) flight that arrived at Brisbane airport at 6 am on Friday 17 January 2020.
  • In the Brisbane international airport area from 6 am – 8 am on Friday 17 January 2020.

Members of the public who were in these areas, on this date, need to be alert for symptoms of measles for the next three weeks.

Symptoms

The initial symptoms can include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore red eyes. This is followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash which often starts on the face and then becomes widespread over the body.

What you should do

If you have any of the measles symptoms contact your GP or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

It's very important to call the medical practice first if you think you might have measles, so that staff can take precautions to avoid spreading it to others.

Anyone born after 1965, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had proven measles, to visit their local family doctor to get vaccinated for measles. The vaccine is free.

For more information about the measles virus call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

More information

Last updated: 6 February 2020