MEASLES ALERT: Warning after child diagnosed with infectious illness in SE Qld

Health Authorities fear further measles cases could arise within the next few weeks after a child tested positive to the highly infectious illness in South East Queensland.

Queensland Health confirmed the child visited a number of locations in the Brisbane and Logan area whilst unknowingly infectious last week.

On May 21, the child travelled on Thai Airways international flight TG 316 from Delhi to Bangkok before boarding a second Thai Airways flight TG 477 from Bangkok to Brisbane.


People who were in the arrivals or baggage claim areas of Brisbane International Airport between 7:50pm to 9:45pm on May 22 are also being urged to be on high alert.

Anyone who visited Target at the Springwood Shopping Mall on Friday 25 May between 2pm and 5pm should be cautious, as well as anyone who was in the Logan Emergency Department waiting room from 10pm on Thursday 24 May to 1:45am on Friday 25 May.

Metro South Health public health physician Dr Bhakti Vasant said given the large numbers of people potentially exposed, further measles cases could present in Brisbane or elsewhere over the next few weeks.

“If people are adequately vaccinated with two recorded doses of Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine, they are very unlikely to get the disease. People who are unsure or have concerns about their immunity to measles should contact their doctor to check whether they have had both vaccines,” Dr Vasant said.

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

Dr Vasant said true measles is a serious viral infection that causes fever, cough, runny nose, then a red spotty rash and sore eyes a few days later.

“Symptoms usually start around 7 to 10 days after infection but sometimes longer so anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next fortnight should contact their GP for advice,” she warned.

“It can be a severe illness even in otherwise healthy adolescents and young adults.”

MSH public health say staff have already been contacting people known to have been in close contact with the infectious child.