Two more people have now been diagnosed with the measles after the outbreak at the University of Queensland – taking the total count to 10.
The two latest victims are not university students, but both cases have been traced back to the University of Queensland.
Dr James Smith from the Metro North Hospital and Health Service spoke to Nine News, urging the general public to avoid work, school and social gathering if they are unwell in a bid to stop the outbreak spreading further.
“The initial symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore and red eyes, followed by a blotchy, red rash a few days later,” he said.
Dr Smith said it is important for people to know that the measles is infectious four days before the rash appears.
The latest measles victims had been in several public locations while infectious, including:
- Ipswich/Rosewood train line between Zillmere and Toowong on 2 and 3 September.
- Toowong Village Shopping Centre between 4pm and 8pm on 1, 2 and 3 September.
- Shell Service Station, Coronation Drive, Milton on 2 September.
- 7-Eleven, Creek Road, Carina about 10pm on 4 September.
Queensland Health recommends anyone born during or after 1966, who had not had the measles or two documented doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, to get vaccinated.