Officials with Queensland Health are reporting five cases of measles during the last three weeks. Four cases have been reported in the Brisbane and Logan regions and one case in Townsville.
Movements of recent cases have included, but not limited to, the Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct, Brisbane focused around Ann and Wickham Streets from 11pm on 21 March until 3am on 1 April.
Metro South Public Health Unit (MSPHU) Public Health Physician Dr Kari Jarvinen said, “Vaccinations are recommended for anyone who has not already had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had proven measles. The MMR vaccine is free and anyone requiring vaccination should arrange this through their family GP,” Dr Jarvinen said.
“Measles is a serious viral infection that may lead to pneumonia, brain inflammation and other serious illness. It is not a mild disease.”
Measles is a highly infectious disease with symptoms including high temperature, lethargy, cough and red eyes. These symptoms are commonly followed by a blotchy, red rash which often starts on the face which becomes widespread over the body.
GPs and hospitals throughout Queensland have been notified they may see further presentations of measles in the next few weeks. If you think you may have measles you should call ahead to your GP or hospital to ensure processes are in place to prevent the further spread of the disease.
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