Fresh measles alert issued for Gold Coast after another confirmed case

Another measles alert has been issued for the Gold Coast, the third in two weeks.

A person was diagnosed with measles shortly after arriving on a flight from New Zealand on Sunday.

The passenger was on Virgin flight VA110 which landed just before 10am.


Gold Coast Health is advising people who were at the airport around that time or on the flight to be alert for symptoms over the next few weeks.

The person was exposed while visiting New Zealand, which is currently dealing with a massive outbreak.

There has been more than 1600 cases reported across the Tasman.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young last week warned people travelling to New Zealand to ensure they were vaccinated.

“New Zealand, at the moment, has a big measles outbreak,” she said.

“They’re recommending very, very strongly that any travellers, before travelling to New Zealand, get two doses of the measles vaccine if they haven’t previously been immunised or had the disease.”

Another case of measles that was confirmed on the Gold Coast last week is also believed to have come from New Zealand.

The initial signs and symptoms of measles 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.

Gold Coast Health has urged people that if they have any of the measles signs or symptoms contact your GP and remember 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.