Measles alert for Moreton Bay Region

Published 4:00pm 17 July 2023

Measles alert for Moreton Bay Region
Words by Nick Crockford

Residents have been put on measles alert after a confirmed case visited four locations in the Moreton Bay Region.

Metro North says a man was unknowingly infectious when he arrived at Brisbane Airport on Monday July 3.

After leaving Brisbane Domestic Airport between noon and 1pm the man visited:

- Nudgee Service Centre, 1097 Nudgee Road, Nudgee on Monday July 3, between 1.15pm and 1.45pm, and again on Saturday July 8, between 11pm and 11.40pm

- CJ’s Pastries, Ashmole Road and Klingner Roads at Kippa-Ring on Monday July 3, between 1.40pm and 2.10pm

- Vital Life Centres, 1 Jeays Street, Scarborough on Tuesday 4 July, Wednesday July 5, Saturday 8 July, between 8am and 11.30am, and on Monday 10 July, between 3pm and 4pm

- Kippa-Ring Shopping Centre on Tuesday July 4, between 2pm and 4pm

- City Cave Redcliffe Sauna, 265 Oxley Ave, Margate on Saturday July 8, between 1pm and 2.30pm

- Dan Murphy’s, 867 Stanley St, Woolloongabba on Saturday July 8, between 6.15pm and 7pm

- DFO Skygate at Brisbane Airport on Sunday July 9, between 10am and 6.30pm, in particular, at the Volcom outlet and in the food court

- Redcliffe Hospital Emergency Department on Thursday July 13, between 4.15pm and 10pm, and again on Friday July 14 between 8:45am and 4pm.

Metro North Public Health physician Dr Megan Young said anyone at these locations during these times should monitor themselves for symptoms for 18 days from when they may have had contact.

"If they do develop symptoms, they should seek medical advice," Dr Young said.

"Early symptoms of measles include a fever, tiredness, cough, runny nose, and red, inflamed eyes. Those symptoms then progress to a blotchy red rash, which often starts on the face before becoming widespread."

"Measles symptoms typically start between seven and 18 days after infection."

"Anyone seeking treatment for an illness they think could be measles should call ahead before visiting their GP or medical practice to allow precautions to be taken that can prevent the illness spreading to others," Dr Young said.

Queensland Health recommends that anyone born in 1966 or after, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had proven measles, should visit their doctor to get vaccinated for measles.

Further information on measles from Queensland Health click here

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