This infectious disease is making its way through Brisbane.
Queensland Health is urging Brisbane residents to be aware that there have been six confirmed cases of measles in North Lakes recently.
It has also been confirmed that two infectious people visited the Redcliffe Hospital emergency department, one on 11 May, and one on 21 May, and the hospital is contacting those who may have been at risk of exposure.
Public Health Physician Dr Madhu Chatterji said information had been sent to the venues where possible.
“There is no known link to any other identified case of measles,” Dr Chatterji says.“Public Health is ensuring that infection control measures are in place and will continue with contact tracing to limit further spread of the disease.”
People with symptoms of measles are urged to contact their GP to make an appointment.
“When phoning to make your appointment you should inform the practice that you may have measles, so that processes are in place to protect other patients from exposure,” Dr Chatterji says. “GPs can provide free measles vaccination for both children and adults born during and after 1965.”
“Two doses of a measles containing vaccine will provide long term protection from the infection.”
A measles alert is issued for people that visited the North Lakes Aquatic Centre on the afternoon of 16 May, Brisbane Entertainment Centre Boondall on 15 May, a car show at the Rocklea Showgrounds on 9 May and Mercure Hotel at North Quay on 8 May,9 May, and 10 May.
True measles is a highly infectious and serious viral infection that causes fever, cough, runny nose, sore eyes, and then a red spotty rash a few days later. It is often a severe disease and occasionally measles has dangerous complications. It is spread by tiny droplets in the air or by contact with infected secretions from the nose or mouth.
For more information on measles visit www.health.qld.gov.au