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Measles alert in Brisbane

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Queensland Health has issued a measles alert in Brisbane after a student from Taringa was diagnosed with the disease.

The man was infected with the disease while travelling and returned to Australia last Wednesday.

Public Health Physician Dr James Smith said:  “Although this person didn’t get measles in Australia, he would still have been very infectious when he was out in the community between Wednesday and Saturday last week.”

The man was in the following locations while infectious:

  • Brisbane Airport – Domestic Terminal on Wednesday 15 July.  He was a passenger on Qantas flight QF524 from Sydney.
  • University of Queensland, St Lucia between Thursday 16 July and Saturday 18 July
  • Indooroopilly Shopping Centre on either 16 or 17 July

Queensland Health is urging anyone who develops these symptoms to isolate themselves from school, work and social activities and to seek medical advice.

“It’s very important to call the medical practice first to say you could have measles, so that staff can take precautions to avoid spreading the disease to others,” Dr Smith said.

Anyone born during or since 1966, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had proven measles, should visit their family doctor to get vaccinated for measles. The vaccine is free for anyone who requires it.

Visit Queensland Health for more information.