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Measles alerts

16 October 2019

Brisbane's south

Queensland Health has been notified of eight cases of measles on Brisbane's southside area.

The individuals were likely to be infectious whilst in the following locations between 8 and 16 October 2019:

  • 8 October:
    • China Airlines Flight CI45 from Auckland to Brisbane arriving at Brisbane International Airport at 9.20pm
    • Brisbane International Airport Terminal from 9.20pm – 10.30pm
  • 9 and 10 October:
    • St Francis College Crestmead
  • 11 October:
    • Princess Alexandra Hospital from 9.00am to 10.00pm.

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.

9 October 2019

Brisbane's south and Logan

Metro South Health has issued an alert following two confirmed cases of measles in Brisbane’s south and Logan areas.

The individuals visited the following locations whilst unknowingly infectious:

  • Main Street Medical & Dental Centre, Beenleigh and Queensland Diagnostic Imaging, Beenleigh on Thursday, 3 October between 3:30pm and 7:40pm
  • 7-Eleven Kingston South (Juers Street) before 10am on Saturday, 5 October
  • QE2 Hospital Emergency Department on Saturday, 5 October between 4pm and 6pm
  • Logan Hospital Emergency Department from Sunday, 6 October between 10:30am and 6pm on Monday, 7 October

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.

8 October 2019

Gold Coast

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

This person arrived at Gold Coast Airport on Sunday, 6 October, at 9.55am from New Zealand on flight VA110 and was diagnosed shortly after arrival.

People at the airport around the time of arrival, as well as the public in general, need to be alert for symptoms of measles over the next three weeks.

This person was exposed to measles while visiting New Zealand. There is currently an outbreak of measles in New Zealand, and we encourage returned travelers to be vigilant for signs and symptoms of measles three weeks after their return to Australia.

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.

2 October 2019

Cairns and Mission Beach

Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns) is responding to a case of confirmed measles in the Cairns and Mission Beach areas.
A measles alert has been issued for people who visited the following areas:

  • Skydive Cairns premises at Fearnley St Portsmith between 28-30 September
  • GP surgery at ‘Cairns GP’ Sheridan St Cairns on 3pm-4.30pm - 1 October
  • Cairns Hospital Emergency Department before 6.30am - 2 October
  • Skydive premises Mission Beach Porter Promenade - 30 September

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.

Brisbane's northside

Metro North Public Health Unit has issued a measles alert following a confirmed case on Brisbane’s northside.

The Australian citizen arrived at Brisbane Airport at 2:20 pm on Saturday, 28 September, from Queenstown, New Zealand.

The patient was unknowingly infectious while:

  • staying at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort at Mooloolaba, from 28 September to 1 October
  • visiting several cafes and restaurants in the Mooloolaba Esplanade shopping precinct, from 28 September to 1 October.

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.

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service is responding to a new notification of measles in a Sunshine Coast resident.

The patient was unknowingly infectious while visiting the following locations:

  • Peregian Beach Hotel: Friday, 27 September between 5pm and 6.30pm
  • Peregian Springs Shopping Centre: Sunday, 29 September between 10am-11.30pm.

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.

Gold Coast

Gold Coast Health has been notified of a second case of measles on the Gold Coast in a week.

This patient spent time in the following locations while unknowingly infectious:

  • Skateboard park in Currumbin on 24 September
  • Skateboard park in Runaway Bay on 27 September
  • Dreamworld on 29 September
  • Westfield Helensvale Shopping Centre on 30 September.

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.

26 September 2019

Gold Coast

Gold Coast Health is responding to a case of measles on the Gold Coast.

A traveller was infectious from Wednesday 18 September until leaving the Gold Coast Airport on Saturday September 21 at 12:15 pm on Virgin Australia Flight VA113.

Whilst on the Coast, the individual spent time in the Coolangatta area, including visiting local food outlets.

The Gold Coast Public Health Unit is contacting people who may have come into contact with the infected individual.

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: 16 October 2019