Second measles case confirmed in SE Qld this month

A SECOND case of the measles has been confirmed in southeast Queensland.

It comes after a baby boy was diagnosed with the highly infectious illness in Brisbane earlier this month.

The most recent patient is said to have visited the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast last Sunday.


The patient is also said to have visited Woolworths on Fifth Avenue in Marsden on Wednesday, and Logan Hospital on Thursday and Friday.

Anyone who visited the mentioned areas around the same time are being urged to ensure that they are immune to the virus.

Symptoms typically start around 10 days after contact with an infectious person but can occur anywhere between seven and 18 days.

They usually start with a fever, reduce energy, a runny nose, moist cough and sore, red eyes followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash which often starts of the face before covering the body.

Anyone born during or after 1966 who has not had two documented doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is urged to get vaccinated.

Public Health Physician Dr Bhakti Vasant said Measles was one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing.

If you develop measles-like symptoms in the next three weeks, you should stay home and contact your doctor for advice.