Measles Alert – North Brisbane
Measles Alert – North Brisbane and Visitors to the International Airport
Queensland Health has issued a measles alert after there was another measles case confirmed in the last two days.
A Male passenger who arrived on flight CZ 381 from Guangzhou on Saturday morning has been the most recent case confirmed. Along with fellow passengers, anyone who was at the Brisbane International Airport between 8.30 and 10 am on Saturday should be alert for symptoms (see below).
The infected man also attended Prince Charles Hospital Emergency Department from midday to around 10.30 pm on Saturday.
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.
Queensland Health is urging anyone who develops symptoms over the next two weeks to see medical advice immediately and to inform the staff that you may have been exposed to measles so you can be held in a separate waiting area away from other patients if required.
This outbreak follows an increase in infections in Queensland from people travelling overseas.