Second Measles Case Confirmed In Cairns.

We're being urged to get vaccinated.

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The Tropical Public Health Service has confirmed another case of measles in Cairns. 

It's the second case in just three weeks across our region. 

The person was unknowingly infectious while travelling on a Sunbus at these times: 

Smithfield to Cairns / Cairns to Smithfield Friday 11th October, Saturday 12th October, and Sunday 13th October. 

People who visited Skydive in Portsmith may also have had a small risk of being exposed to the virus. 

“Measles is a highly infectious and serious viral infection," said Dr Richard Gair, Director
“It is spread by tiny droplets in the air or by contact with infected secretions from the nose or

We are being urged to make sure we've been vaccinated. 

Anyone born after 1965, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella
(MMR) vaccine or had proven measles, is encouraged to visit their local family doctor to get
vaccinated for measles.
The vaccine is free. If you are vaccinated within a few days of exposure, this can prevent the
development of the disease, otherwise vaccination now will not prevent infection from this
particular exposure, but it will help protect against measles in the future.
If you are unwell, is very important to call the medical practice first if you think you might have
measles. Staff can then take precautions to avoid spreading it to others.

The symptoms usually start around 10 days after exposure to the virus but can occur
between 7 and 18 days after contact.
Symptoms are:
o fever
o lethargy
o runny nose
o moist cough
o sore red eyes
o followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash which often starts on the face
and then becomes widespread over the body.

There is currently an outbreak of measles in Brisbane (8 cases) and New Zealand (over 1800
“We encourage returned travellers to be vigilant for signs and symptoms of measles for up to
three weeks after their return to Australia from New Zealand,” Dr Gair said.

For more information about the measles virus call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or see


19 October 2019

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