Fifth Case Of Measles Confirmed In Brisbane

Patient visited Valley nightclubs

Fifth Case Of Measles Confirmed In Brisbane

Brisbane is dealing with its fifth case of measles in just three weeks, with the latest patient spending time in Fortitude Valley's nightclub precinct during the Easter long weekend.

Movements of the most recent cases are focused around Ann and Wickham Streets from 11pm on 31 March until 3am on 1 April.

Public Health Physician Dr Bhakti Vasant said it was important for Metro South residents to be vaccinated, if they weren’t already.

"Vaccinations are recommended for anyone born after 1965, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had proven measles. The MMR vaccine is funded and anyone requiring vaccination should arrange this through their family GP," Dr Vasant said.

"Anyone who may have come into contact with an infectious person, and are uncertain of their immunity to measles should speak to their GP immediately."

Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms usually start around 10 days after contact, but can occur between 7 and 18 days after contact with an infectious person.

Anyone who develops measles-like symptoms, which include fever, lethargy and a red spotty rash, within the next three weeks should stay home and contact their doctor for advice before presenting.

For more information, check out Queensland Health's Measles Fact Sheet or call 13 HEALTH.

 

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