BREAKING: Measles Outbreak in Brisbane

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BREAKING: Measles Outbreak in Brisbane

There has been a fifth reported case of measles in the Brisbane area over the weekend. The man is known to have spent time in The Valley area over the Easter Weekend when he was infections.

This news follows the announcement by Queensland Health that they will be holding emergency immunization clinics in the South Brisbane area for 2 weeks following the start of the outbreak.

Infectious people have been in these locations over the last 3 weeks:

  • The Valley Entertainment precinct over Easter Weekend from 11pm
  • Arndale Shopping Centre April 2nd
  • Logan Central March 29

Extensive contact analysis is being completed and more information will be provided about public locations where they might have been while infectious. It is worth noting that usually, they did not know they had measles or were infectious when they went out in public.

It is very important that anyone who has not been vaccinated for Measles to get vaccinated immediately.

‘Vaccinations are recommended for anyone born after 1965, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had proven measles.’

Dr Bhakti Vasant – Public Health Physician

What is Measles?

Measles is a highly infectious disease that is spread by tiny droplets through coughing or sneezing.

It causes lethargy, fever, runny nose, moist cough and then develops a red spotty rash (usually on the face first) with sore eyes a few days later. There may also be small white spots on a red base in the cheek of the mouth at the onset of the disease. The cough is often worse at night and the infected person may feel very tired at the onset of the illness.

You can develop many complications from measles, making it far from a mild disease. Complications can include brain inflammation, pneumonia and it can lead to death in vulnerable members of the community.

Treatment is limited, as there is no specific medication available to combat the virus. The symptoms are usually treated with rest, fluids and paracetamol to lessen pain or fever.

The time to onset from contact with an infected person is around 10 days but may be 7 to 18 days.

Immunisation is the only known preventative measure and it does form part of the free National Immunization Program Schedule at:

  • Children aged 12 and 18 months
  • Children at 4 Years of Age who have not previously had their second dose of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Vaccine.

Free Vaccination Clinics

Local drop-in clinics are offering free vaccinations from today until April 14 at Jimboomba, Marsden, Crestmead, Browns Plains and Logan.

Residents will be able to call 13HEALTH for clinic locations.

If you are concerned you are exhibiting symptoms, or you have come into contact with someone with measles, please contact your GP or 13HEALTH immediately.

Sources can be found here

Disclaimer: this information is provided as general advice only and does not replace a medical opinion. If you are concerned please contact your GP or local area health service immediatley. 

 

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