Two measles cases confirmed for Gold Coast

RESIDENTS and visitors are being asked to look out for measles symptoms following two confirmed cases on the Gold Coast. They are believed to have been exposed whilst travelling overseas.

Gold Coast Health Director of Infectious Diseases Dr John Gerrard said anyone who has visited the following locations on the days identified may have been exposed to the measles virus:

22 January 2014: Pacific Fair shopping centre


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23 January 2014: Pacific Fair shopping centre
23 January 2014: Mecca Bah restaurant, Broadbeach
23 January 2014: Chiang Mai Thai restaurant, Broadbeach
23 January 2014: Qld Academy of Health Sciences, Southport

24 January 2014: Bond University Medical Faculty building
24 January 2014: Qld Academy of Health Sciences, Southport

28 January 2014: Broadbeach General Practice
28 January 2014: Pindara Private Hospital Emergency Department

“Measles is a very contagious virus that can spread from even minimal exposure to the infected person,” Dr Gerrard said.

The virus is spread by coughing and sneezing or direct contact with secretions from the nose or mouth. True measles is a serious viral infection that causes fever, tiredness, cough, runny nose and red inflamed eyes.

The symptoms usually become more severe over three days. A blotchy, dark red rash will then appear usually beginning at the hairline.

Dr Gerrard advised anyone who has visited any of the above locations on the days identified need to check their measles vaccination status and see their doctor or visit a local general practice clinic if they don’t think they are fully protected.

“Anyone who develops measles-like symptoms should isolate themselves and seek medical advice. I urge individuals to ring the medical practice in advance and advise staff they could have measles to ensure precautions can be taken to avoid spreading the disease to others.”

“Measles can cause serious complications in some people. It should not be regarded as a simple childhood disease,” Dr Gerrard said.