A measles alert has been issued for north Brisbane after a man returned from overseas with the highly contagious virus and had to be hospitalised.

Queensland Health has issued a measles alert for the Brisbane area after a man contracted the highly contagious disease overseas.

Metro North Public Health Unit Director Susan Vlack said the 40-year-old man, from Wavell Heights in the city’s north, is recovering after being hospitalised on January 17.

“The person developed measles as the result of exposure in the course of travel,” she said.

Dr Vlack issued a list of places the man had been, including Red Rooster in Nundah about noon on January 12, Clayfield Markets Seafood later that night and Cardiotech Nundah in the four days following.

The man also attended the Banyo Medical Centre on January 15 and 17, QML in Banyo on the 15th and the Mater Hospital on the 17th.

He took a Yellow Cab ride near the hospital on January 17 as well.

Dr Vlack has called for anyone who suspects they might have contracted the disease to contact their GP as soon as possible and let them know they suspect a measles infection.

“Metro North Public Health Unit staff members have worked with local doctors to trace contacts who were exposed while the case was infectious,” she said.

“Family, social, workplace, health and hospital contacts have been followed up individually and offered protective treatment where appropriate.”

A measles viral infection causes fever, cough and a runny nose before a red spotty rash and sore eyes develop a few days later.

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.