Person infected with measles visited the Gold Coast

ANY GOLD COASTERS who went to the latest Princess Polly Warehouse Sale is being urged to be aware of symptoms of measles.

Queensland Health has confirmed, a case of measles has been diagnosed on Brisbane’s southside.

The person visited a number of south Brisbane locations, as well as the Gold Coast, while they were most likely infected, between February 16 and 23.


They attended the Princess Polly Warehouse Sale in Highland Park on Saturday 23 February between 8.20am and 2.30pm.

Prior to that, their movements included:

  • Victoria Point Mall, each afternoon on Saturday 16, Sunday 17, and Wednesday 20 February.
  • Norm Price Park, Redland Showgrounds, Cleveland on Saturday 16 February between 5-9pm.
  • Aldi Supermarket, Victoria Point, on the afternoon of Sunday 17 February.
  • Carmel College, Thornlands, on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 February.
  • Good Life Gym, Cleveland, on the afternoon of Monday 18 February.

In a statement released by Queensland Health, Metro South Health Public Health Physician Dr Bhakti Vasant said people who had been at these locations during the specified times needed to be alert for symptoms, and should speak to their GP immediately if they were uncertain of their immunity to measles.

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

“Symptoms usually start around seven to 10 days after infection but sometimes longer.

“Anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next fortnight should contact their GP for advice. But, please call your medical practice first to say you could have measles, so that staff can take necessary precautions.”

While extensive contact tracing was being conducted, Dr Vasant said given the large numbers of people potentially exposed, further measles cases could present in Brisbane or elsewhere over the next two 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 GP,” Dr Vasant said.

“Because of recent measles outbreaks overseas, it is particularly important for travellers to get vaccinated before leaving Australia.”