Publish Date: 
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 11:15

Health alert over eight new measles cases reported in Brisbane

A health alert has been sent out to the public after eight new cases of measles were reported in Brisbane’s southside area. The warning has also been extended to people who were in the Princess Alexandra Hospital on the 11 October between the hours of 9am-10pm.

Measles is highly contagious and anyone around this location on this date needs to be alert for symptoms over the next three weeks. The initial signs include fever, runny nose, tiredness, coughing and sore red eyes, followed by a blotchy red rash.

These new cases bring the total of confirmed cases of measles in Queensland this year to 41, which far surpasses the 14 cases recorded in 2018.

In 2014, Australia had eliminated measles—but it's back, and outbreaks are happening across the globe. To explain why, the Australian Academy of Science has developed a series of videos and articles featuring Professor Ian Frazer and in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Health to explore why measles is such a serious disease, who is most at risk, and how you can make sure you're protected with vaccination.

Health Alert for other locations also include the following: 

Passengers travelling on the China Airlines flight CI45 from Auckland to Brisbane on October 8.

Brisbane International Airport Terminal from 9.20pm to 10.30pm on October 8.

The individuals were also likely infectious on October 9 and 10 when they visited St Francis College in Crestmead. 

Be alert to symptoms:

Measles causes fever, lethargy, moist cough, runny nose then a spotty rash and sore eyes a few days later.  Be alert to these symptoms in those around you so that potential cases can be isolated in a separate room as quickly as possible.

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