AN urgent measles alert has been issued for the Gold Coast, after two people from the same family visited a number of popular destinations whilst unknowingly infected with the highly contagious disease.
The Gold Coast Public Health Unit said both people visited Reading Cinemas in Harbour Town and the popular restaurant precinct between 6.30pm and 10.00pm on Thursday July 18.
They were also at Ikea Logan on the morning of Friday 19 July, before visiting the Gold Coast University Hospital Emergency Department on Sunday 21 July between 6pm and midnight.
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They then shopped at Australia Fair Shopping Centre on Tuesday 30 July between 12pm and 1pm, before visiting Big Top Playhouse Coomera on Wednesday 31 July between 11am and 2pm.
Other locations the family visited included Westfield Helensvale, on Thursday 1 August between 4pm and 8pm, Destiny Church Group at Event Cinemas, Westfield Coomera on Sunday 4 August between 9am and 12pm, Pimpama State School Auction Fun Day on Sunday 4 August between 2pm and 3pm and the Gold Coast University Hospital Emergency Department on Tuesday 6 August.
The Public Health Unit is currently contacting people who may have come into contact with the infected individuals, however Gold Coasters are being urged to remain alert for measles symptoms until at least 25 August.
The initial symptoms can include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore red eyes. This is followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash which often starts on the face and then becomes widespread over the body.