There’s been a fresh measles scare for the Gold Coast after a person visited a number of locations in the north while infected with the highly contagious disease.
Gold Coast Health issued the urgent alert on Friday after being “notified of a case of measles on the Gold Coast.”
They said the person was isolated during most of the infectious period, however urged anyone who has visited Brygon Creek Chempro Chemist on Tuesday 15 October between 4.45pm and 5.30pm and 7-eleven Pimpama on the afternoon of 17 October, to be alert for measles symptoms.
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“In view of this new case, the current measles outbreak in Brisbane’s South and the ongoing significant measles outbreak in New Zealand, we ask people in the locations above at these times,
as well as the public in general, to be alert for symptoms of measles over the next three weeks,” Gold Coast Health said in a statement.
“We encourage travellers to ensure they are vaccinated before their departure and to be vigilant for signs and symptoms of measles three weeks after their return to Australia.”
The initial symptoms of measles can include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore red eyes.
This is followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash which often starts on the face and then becomes widespread over the body.
“If you have any of the measles symptoms contact your GP – it is VERY important to call the medical practice first if you think you might have measles, so that staff can take precautions to avoid spreading it to others,” Gold Coast Health warned.