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Measles alerts

14 November 2019

Metro South including Redlands area

Queensland Health has been notified of a total of 24 cases of measles on Brisbane's southside, Logan and Redland Coast areas.

Metro South Health public health physician Dr Kari Jarvinen said most cases from the past month are from two family groups as well as contacts of previous cases including a recent case from a high school in Redland.

“People across Brisbane’s Southside and the Redland area, need to be alert for symptoms and should seek medical advice early if they develop symptoms, especially if they have unknown immunity to the disease.

“Our concern is about the risk of transmission in high school environments, particularly as we head towards the end of the school year with celebratory events. We need parents and students to be alert for symptoms and transparent about reporting their illness so that we can prevent the further spread of measles,” he said.

The Public Health Unit is working closely with the school involved to inform the school community of the situation.

Individuals likely to be infectious have visited multiple locations (PDF 81 kB) in the community (list updated 12 November).

Members of the public who were in these locations during these times should ensure they are protected against measles and seek medical advice if they develop symptoms.

For more information: Measles update for Metro South including Redlands area

8 November 2019

Cairns

Public health officials are urging unvaccinated people to be immunised and to be alert for symptoms of measles, following the confirmation of a new case in Mareeba.

It is the fifth confirmed case of the disease in the Cairns and Hinterland Region in the past few weeks and was imported from overseas.

“We have traced and vaccinated people who are likely to have come into contact with this person while infectious,” said Dr Richard Gair, Director Tropical Public Health Services Cairns.

Members of the public who were in these locations during these times should ensure they are protected against measles and seek medical advice if they develop symptoms.

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: 14 November 2019