Queensland Health has issued a warning for a potential measles outbreak after multiple locations were exposed to a diagnosed case of the highly infectious disease.
There are new warnings for Brisbane residents to be on the look out for measles symptoms after a man with the disease visited several places around the city.
The man, age undeclared, was infectious when he visited the following places:
- Little Sista café in Coorparoo on Sunday 1 March around lunchtime
- Jubilee Hotel in the Fortitude Valley on Tuesday 3 March in the evening
- On evening of Thursday 5 March: the Caxton Hotel, Hotel LA and the Bronco’s game at Suncorp stadium
- The Emporium, Fortitude Valley on Friday 6 March around lunchtime
- Kafé Me, Greenslopes Mall on Monday 9 March around lunchtime
People who may have come into contact with the patient at these facilities on the dates in question and are uncertain of their immunity should speak to their GP immediately.
One of the most infectious of all communicable diseases, measles can make people very unwell and although complications are uncommon they can be very serious. Approximately 30 per cent of adults with measles will be hospitalised.
Metro South Health public health physician Dr Kari Jarvinen says there could be further cases over the next few weeks due to the large numbers of people potentially exposed.
“Symptoms usually start around seven to 10 days after infection but sometimes longer so anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next fortnight should contact their GP for advice,” he says.
“People who are unsure or have concerns about their immunity to measles should contact their doctor to check whether they have had both vaccines.”
Dr Jarvinen says the symptoms of true measles include fever, cough, runny nose, and a red, spotty rash and sore eyes a few days later.
“Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable disease and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing,” says Dr Jarvinen.
“It can be a severe illness even in otherwise healthy adolescents and young adults.
“Because of recent measles outbreaks overseas, it is particularly important for travellers to get vaccinated before leaving Australia.”
For more information on the measles virus visit the Queensland Health web page or contact 13 HEALTH on 13 43 25 84.