HEALTH ALERT: Infectious adult triggers measles scare on GC

An adult struck down with the highly contagious measles disease has triggered a health scare on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Health said the infected adult, who lives at Tweed Heads, travelled to parts of the Gold Coast and conducted deliveries in the area for work.

Anyone who was at the South Tweed Bowling Club on Sunday December 4, the Palm Beach After Hours Doctor on Monday the 5th or Tuesday the 6th or the Tweed Hospital emergency department on Friday 9 December should be particularly alert for symptoms.


Dr Paul Van Buynder, Public Health Staff Specialist says measles is spread through coughing and sneezing and that people who are not fully immunised and live in the Tweed – Palm Beach area should remain wary.

“Symptoms can include fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes which usually last for several days before a red blotchy rash appears,” Dr Van Buynder said.

“Complications range from an ear infection and diarrhoea, through to pneumonia and swelling of the brain.”

“Measles is a very severe disease in the very young.”

Anyone with symptoms of measles are urged to phone their General Practitioner before arriving for assessment to ensure they are isolated from other patients.