HEALTH WARNING: Measles Case Confirmed In Brisbane Area

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HEALTH WARNING: Measles Case Confirmed In Brisbane Area @MetroNorthHHS

A case of the measles has been confirmed by Metro North Public Health Unit in Brisbane's north side.

A male infant has contracted the disease, with Public Health Physician Dr Megan Young confirming that MNPHU is working with health care facilities and venues where the child has visited.

Anyone who was in the following areas at this time is advised to check that they have been immunised and if unsure, visit their GP.

  • Thursday, February 27: Runcorn Plaza Family Medical Practice (approx. 11.30am)
  • Thursday, March 1: Westfield North Lakes Shopping Centre (approx. 7.30pm - 8.30pm)
  • Friday, March 2: Runcorn Plaza Family Medical Practice (approx. 11am)
  • Friday, March 2: Lady Cilento Children's Hospital Emergency Department (approx. 3pm - 8pm)

“Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing,” Dr Young said.

“Symptoms usually start around 10 days after contact, but can occur between 7 and 18 days after contact with an infectious person.

“Vaccinations are recommended for anyone born during or since 1966, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had proven measles.”

Symptoms include fever, runny nose, moist cough, sore and red eyes, lethargy, as well as a blotchy red rash appearing several days later.

If you do visit a medical practice for treatment, be sure to call ahead so staff can minimise the risk of it spreading.