MEASLES ALERT: Person diagnosed with infectious illness in Qld

Health Authorities have confirmed a person has been diagnosed with measles on the Sunshine Coast, with people being urged to keep an eye out for symptoms of the highly infectious illness.

The person is believed to have visited the following locations while unknowingly infectious between Monday 25 June and Sunday 1 July:

• Monday 25 June 2018, between 9 am and 3pm – the Sippy Downs campus of USC.
• Thursday 28 June 2018, between 8.30 am and 10 am – the Maroochydore Medical Centre in Horton Parade Maroochydore, including the QML Collection Centre.
• Friday 29 June, between 10.30 and 11.30 am – the Maroochydore Medical Centre in Horton Parade Maroochydore.
• Sunday 1 July, between 7.40 pm and 8.15 pm – the Department of Emergency Medicine at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.


Public Health Physician Dr Margaret Young said the Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit was working with the health care facilities and venues where the person had visited.

“Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing,” Dr Young said.

“Symptoms usually start around 10 days after contact, but can occur between 7 and 18 days after contact with an infectious person.”

Dr Young said anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next three weeks should stay home and contact their doctor for advice.

“The initial symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore and red eyes. This is followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash,” Dr Young said.

“The rash often starts on the face then becomes widespread over the body.

“If you do need to seek treatment, it is important to call the medical practice first to say you could have measles, so that staff can take precautions to avoid spreading the disease further to others.”