Gold Coast Measles Alert: Infected man visited Oxenford, The Spit, Marina Mirage

UPDATE at 4:15 PM on SUNDAY | THE Gold Coast Public Health Unit has confirmed it is investigating the potential spread of measles on the Gold Coast after an infected traveller flew into the city.

The man in his 40s was diagnosed with the disease after returning from Thailand and spending four-days in Sydney.

He flew into the Gold Coast while infectious on Tuesday and visited a medical centre at Oxenford on the Wednesday and Thursday, 3 and 4 July. He also visited The Spit at Main Beach and Marina Mirage.


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While it can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure, anyone who thinks they may have been in the same place at the same time as the infected man is urged be on alert for symptoms until July 20.

Passengers who flew Tiger Airways flight TT609 from the Gold Coast to Sydney on June 29, or Jetstar flight JQ420 from Sydney to the Gold Coast on Tuesday, July 2, should also be on alert.

NSW Health confirmed the traveller also visited a list of public areas while in Sydney while infectious, including Circular Quay, and travelled on numerous trains, ferries and buses. See a full list below.

Initial symptoms include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore red eyes, followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash which often starts on the face and then becomes widespread over the body.

Anyone born after 1965 who was in these areas and who has not been fully vaccinated against measles (two doses of MMR) should contact their GP.

Anyone who develops symptoms should limit their exposure to others and seek urgent medical care.

The measles vaccine is provided free for any person born after 1965.

⚠️ MEASLES ALERT FOR GOLD COAST ⚠️The Gold Coast Public Health Unit has been notified of a case of measles on the Gold…

Posted by Gold Coast Health on Saturday, 6 July 2019

FIRST at 5:00 PM on SATURDAY | A TOURIST has been diagnosed with the measles and triggered health alerts in New South Wales and Queensland, with fears they may have infected others while travelling between the two states.

The man aged in his 40s was diagnosed with the disease while in the Sunshine State after returning from Thailand and spending four-days in Sydney.

NSW Health on Saturday warned anybody who was aboard Tiger Airways flight TT609 from the Gold Coast to Sydney on June 29, or Jetstar flight JQ420 from Sydney to the Gold Coast on Tuesday, July 2, to be on alert.

“The man is believed to have acquired the measles infection in Thailand,” NSW Health said in a statement.

While infectious, the man visited a list of public areas in Sydney including at Circular Quay, Manly, Berowra and The Rocks, and travelled on numerous trains, ferries and buses.

NSW Health confirmed Queensland Health was “following up potential exposures” after the man’s arrival on the Coast.

While it can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure, NSW Health warned anyone who thinks they may have been in the same place at the same time as the infected man to be on alert until July 20.

However, none of the locations visited by the sick traveller pose an ongoing risk, according to NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases Doctor Vicky Sheppeard.

“Symptoms to watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body,” Dr Sheppeard said.

“Anyone who develops symptoms of measles should phone their GP to ensure they don’t wait alongside other patients before seeing their doctor.

“The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is safe and effective protection against measles.

“It’s free for anyone born during or after 1966 who hasn’t already had two doses.”

The vaccine is free for anyone born during or after 1966 who has not already had two doses.

“If you’re unsure whether you’ve had two doses, it’s safe to have another,” Dr Sheppeard said.

The double dose provides lifelong protection in 99 out of 100 people who are vaccinated.

Measles is highly contagious and spread through the air by coughing or sneezing.

While the risk of infection is low in fully-vaccinated people, health experts urge anyone who comes into contact with an infected person to remain alert for symptoms.

If symptoms develop, limit your exposure to others and seek medical care.

While in NSW, the man spent time in the following places while infectious:

Saturday 29 June

  • Train from Domestic Airport to Circular Quay, departing 12:15pm
  • Café Rossini, Circular Quay, between 3:00pm and 4:00pm
  • Ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, departing 4:00pm
  • Blue Water Café, 28 South Steyne, Manly, around 4:30pm
  • Ferry from Manly to Circular Quay, departing 6:00pm

Monday 1 July

  • Bus 599 to Berowra station, around 9:30am
  • Train from Berowra to Wynyard Station departing 9:50am
  • The Rocks Discovery Museum, Kendall Lane, The Rocks, between 11:00am and 12:00pm
  • The Australian Hotel, 100 Cumberland St, The Rocks at lunchtime.
  • Starbuck’s at Hyde Park (Pacific Power Building) at 3:00pm
  • McDonald’s at Circular Quay at 5:00pm
  • Train from City Circle to Berowra Station departing 6:20pm
  • Bus 599 from Berowra Station around 7:20pm

Tuesday 2 July

  • Train from Central Station to Domestic Airport departing 6:25am.

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