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Measles alert

13 January 2020

Gold Coast Health

The Gold Coast Public Health Unit has been notified of a case of measles on the Gold Coast.

This case attended the following locations while unknowingly being contagious:

Sunday 05/01/2020:

  • Elevation Church at Tweed Heads
  • The Strand, Coolangatta

Monday 06/01/2020:

  • Coomera Westfield
  • Movie World

Tuesday 07/01/2020:

  • Bunnings at Oxenford
  • Food Court at Harbour Town

Wednesday 08/01/2020:

  • Noosa, Sunshine Coast including Double Island Point lighthouse
  • Coles at Pimpama

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

Contact your GP or call 13 HEALTH (‪13 43 25 84‬) for more information.

3 January 2020

Gold Coast Health

Gold Coast Health's Public Health Unit has been notified of another case of measles on the Gold Coast.

The patient visited the Gold Coast Airport on Saturday, 28 December 2019, at 7.35am from Sydney on flight JQ402.

The patient also attended a movie theatre at Coomera Westfield on Monday, 30 December 2019, for a 7.30pm viewing.

People at the airport around the flight time of arrival, and people who attended Coomera Westfield movie theatre around the time of this screening, as well as the public in general,need to be alert for symptoms of measles over the next three weeks.

Contact your GP or call 13 HEALTH (‪13 43 25 84) for more information.

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.

If you have any of the measles symptoms contact your GP – it is 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 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

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Last updated: 20 January 2020