Fresh measles alert issued for Gold Coast

Another measles alert has been issued for the Gold Coast after the second confirmed case in a week.

The latest person diagnosed is believed to have contracted the virus in New Zealand.

But they had visited a number of popular places across the Gold Coast over the last week before they were diagnosed.


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Gold Coast Health is now advising people who were in the following places on the following dates to keep an eye out for symptoms over the next three weeks:

  • Skateboard park in Currumbin on Tuesday, 24 September
  • Skateboard park in Runaway Bay on Friday, 27 September
  • Dreamworld on Sunday, 29 September
  • Westfield Helensvale Shopping Centre on Monday, 30 September

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.

Anyone who shows any signs of measles should contact their GP.

Gold Coast Public Health Physician Dr Andre Wattiaux said people who have recently travelled across the Tasman should also be on alert.

“There is currently an outbreak of measles in New Zealand, and we encourage returned travellers to be vigilant for signs and symptoms of measles for up to three weeks after their return to Australia,” Dr Wattiaux said.

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