Queensland Health has been notified of a case of Rubella virus and reminds everyone to ensure that they have been vaccinated.

A person who recently travelled to Brisbane from South Africa via Sydney has contracted the Rubella virus.

Queensland’s Acting Director of Communicable Diseases Dr Alun Richards said this person travelled at the beginning of their infectious period, but did not show any symptoms during the flights.

The patient flew from Johannesburg to Sydney on 25 December 2013 at 5:50pm arriving at 2:45pm on Qantas Flight 64.

They then travelled from Sydney to Brisbane on 26 December on flight Qantas flight 542 departing Sydney at 5:35pm and arriving in Brisbane at 6:05pm.

They may also have been in contact with other interstate passengers at the Brisbane airport.

Dr Richards encouraged people to notify their family and friends if they travelled on the flights noted above, but did say Rubella is generally a mild illness.

“In most cases, Rubella (also known as the German Measles) is a mild illness, but it can be a serious disease if contracted by pregnant women as it can cause serious birth defects if infection occurs during early pregnancy,” he said.

Dr Richards said there are usually on six cases of Rubella each year. However he did highlight the importance of making sure you and your children have been vaccinated against the virus.

“This is a timely reminder for people to get vaccinated against Rubella as this case demonstrates this virus is still circulating in our community.”

The symptoms of Rubella will appear between 14 to 21 days after exposure

Symptoms of Rubella

  • Fever,
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling generally unwell
  • Rash

You will begin to feel unwell about five days before the development of the rash, the rash will last between three to five days.

Rubella is a highly contagious disease and spread by droplets from the nose and throat through coughing or sneezing or by direct contact with an infected person.

People displaying Rubella symptoms should contact their doctor immediately. They should also stay away from childcare, school or work until fully recovered and until at least four days after the rash appears.

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