An individual who attended who attended lectures at the University of Queensland Faculty of Business on July 29, July 31, and August 3, tested positive for the most infectious viral disease, measles, according to Queensland Health.
The unnamed individual was infectious when they attended lectures, health officials note, in addition to exposing others while using public transportation and visiting the following places:
- South Bank to/from Indooroopilly Shopping Town by bus on Tuesday July 28 afternoon
- South Bank to UQ/St Lucia by bus No. 66 on Wednesday July 29 morning
- Bus from UQ St Lucia to South Bank and The Fox Hotel on Wednesday July 29 afternoon/evening
- Lunchtime at Advanced Engineering Café UQ St Lucia Wednesday July 29
- South Bank to/from UQ/St Lucia by bus No. 66 on Friday July 31 morning-evening return
- Pharmacy at UQ/St Lucia Friday July 31 morning
- South Bank to/from UQ/St Lucia by bus No. 66 on Monday August 3 morning-afternoon return
- South Bank to UQ/St Lucia by bus No. 66 on Tuesday August 4 morning
- UQ Health /St Lucia Tuesday August 4 morning
Queensland Health has warned anyone who was in the vicinity of the student to watch for symptoms, including a cough, runny nose, fever or rash.
“Symptoms usually start around 7 to 10 days after contact with an infectious person, but sometimes longer, so anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next fortnight should contact their GP for advice,” Queensland Health’s Dr Kari Jarvinen said.
Dr Jarvinen continued, “If people are adequately vaccinated with two recorded doses of Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine, they are very unlikely to get the disease. People who are unsure or have concerns about their immunity to measles should contact their doctor to check whether they have had both vaccines.”
Measles is caused by a virus that is passed from person to person through the air when someone with the disease sneezes, coughs, or talks. It is very easy for individuals who have not received the measles vaccine to contract it from someone else. The measles virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after an infected person visits and leaves and area.
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Measles can be a serious illness with complications such as inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), convulsions, deafness, or brain damage.