Measles alert after infectious woman flys from Melbourne to Brisbane

Queensland Health has issued a measles alert after an infectious woman flew into Brisbane this week.

The woman was infectious when she travelled on Jetstar flight JQ 574 from Melbourne to Brisbane on Saturday, June 25.

She then spent three days in Brisbane where she visited Beaudesert Fair Shopping Centre on Monday 27 June before flying on Jetstar flight JQ 569 from Brisbane to Melbourne on Tuesday 28 June.


Queensland Health have advised anyone who spent time at the Brisbane Domestic Airport on Saturday 25 June and Tuesday 28 June to remain aware of the symptoms.

Travellers on a Beenleigh train from Brisbane Airport to Beenleigh station on Saturday 25 June may also have been exposed to the infectious disease.

Metro South Health Public Health Physician Dr Bhakti Vasant said Public health staff have already been contacting people known to have been in close contact with the case, however further measles cases are expected.

“Given the number of people potentially exposed, further measles cases could present in Brisbane or elsewhere over the next few weeks.”

Dr Vasant said anyone adequately vaccinated was very unlikely to get the disease but encouraged those uncertain of their immunity to measles to speak to with their GP.

“Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and can cause fever, cough, runny nose, then a red spotty rash and sore eyes a few days later,” she said.

“This can be a very serious disease, so anyone developing measles-like symptoms within the next three weeks is encouraged to contact their GP for advice.