Measles alert for the Gold Coast and NSW north coast

A measles alert has been issued for the Gold Coast and parts of the New South Wales north coast, after a couple of infect tourists came through the area.

NSW Health is warning people to be alert for signs and symptoms of the infectious diseases.

The two young travellers likely acquired the infection while holidaying in the Philippines last month.


It’s believed they were unwell and infectious during their return flights to the Gold Coast via Singapore.

Anyone who’s been to the areas (listed below) on the specific dates is being urged to check in with their local GP, and keep an eye out for symptoms until April 22.

It can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure to a person with measles.

Symptoms of measles include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the body.

Preventive injections can be given to highly-susceptible people up to six days after exposure to measles.

List of areas visited and dates:
(Note: These locations do not pose an ongoing risk)

Saturday 30 March
Scoot flight TR6, which departed Singapore on Friday 29 March and arrived at Coolangatta International Airport at 8:10am
Travelled from Coolangatta International Airport to Pottsville via Uber

Tuesday 2 April
Visited shops in Pottsville and Cabarita, including IGA at Pottsville and Woolworths at Cabarita

Wednesday 3 April
Attended a Main Street Medical centre in Murwillumbah
The Tweed Hospital Emergency Department

Thursday 4 April
The Tweed Hospital Emergency Department

Greg Bell, Acting Director of Public Health for the Mid North Coast and Northern NSW Local Health Districts says people who may be susceptible to measles and were there on the same days, should contact their local public health unit for advice on 1300 066 055.

“The local public health unit is working with the medical centre and hospital to contact other patients who were present at the same time as the infectious people and offer preventive treatment as appropriate.

“Anyone who develops symptoms should call ahead to their GP to ensure they’re not in the waiting room with other patients,” Mr Bell said.

For more information on measles, click here.