- A QLD child has caused a health scare after being diagnosed with measles
- The child unknowingly travelled on several flights and shopping centre
- Metro South Health is warning residents that more cases are expected
A Brisbane child has caused a health scare after being diagnosed with measles.
The child travelled on several international flights, visited a busy shopping centre and sat in the Logan emergency waiting room twice before being diagnosed with the infectious disease.
Metro South Health public health physician Dr Bhakti Vasant said residents in the Brisbane and Logan areas need to be on high alert for symptoms.
A QLD child has caused a health scare after being diagnosed with measles (stock)
She said given the large numbers of people potentially exposed, further measles cases could present in Brisbane or elsewhere over the next few weeks.
‘Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing,’ she said.
‘If people are adequately vaccinated with two recorded doses of Measles Mumps Rubella vaccine, they are very unlikely to get the disease.’
‘People who are unsure or have concerns about their immunity to measles should contact their doctor to check whether they have had both vaccines.’
The child travelled on three international flights between Delhi and Brisbane before going to the Target at the Springwood Shopping Mall and the Logan Emergency Department.
Measles is a serious viral infection that causes fever, cough, a runny nose, a red spotty rash and sore eyes a few days later.
The child unknowingly travelled on several flights and visited a busy shopping centre. MSH has put out this warning for the public
‘Symptoms usually start around seven to 10 days after infection but sometimes longer so anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next fortnight should contact their GP for advice.’
Dr Vasant said measles can make people very unwell and although complications are uncommon they can be very serious.
‘It can be a severe illness even in otherwise healthy adolescents and young adults. Queensland Health staff will continue to actively investigate this case and do whatever they can to prevent further transmission,’ Dr Vasant said.