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Measles Alert for Brisbane

1 March 2024

Metro South Health has been notified about a measles infection in Brisbane.

The person was likely infectious whilst at the following locations on Wednesday 28 February:

•    Brisbane Transport Bus 135 – departing Banoon, 8.40am
•    Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus, X Block, 9.30am to 11am 
•    Brisbane Transport Bus 135 – departing Mater Hill, 11.06am
•    Mater Hill Busway Station, 9am to 9.30am and 11am to 11.30am

Anyone who visited these venues during the specified periods may have been exposed to the disease and needs to lookout for symptoms. The symptoms of measles include high temperatures, cough and a runny nose followed by a red spotty rash and sore, watery eyes a few days later. 

Measles is a very infectious disease that is spread by coughing and sneezing. Symptoms usually start 7-10 days after the contact with the infected person but can sometimes take as long as three weeks.

People who have been vaccinated against or previously contracted measles are very unlikely to catch the disease even if they have been exposed. 

Those who are at highest risk of contracting measles include people who:
•    Were born during or after 1966
•    Have no documented evidence of having received 2 doses of a measles containing vaccine
•    Have not been infected with measles before
•    Have a poor immune system. 

If you are unsure of your vaccine status, you should contact your doctor to check if you need a vaccine. This vaccine is free. 

If you think that you may have measles it is very important that you avoid public spaces and arrange testing with your doctor. Please contact the doctor’s surgery before attending so they can take appropriate precautions. When you call, state that you have been in contact with a measles case.

Most people recover well after a case of the measles, however up to 30% will need to be admitted to hospital.

For more information on the measles virus contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
Or visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/condition/infections-and-parasites/viral-i...

Last updated 1 March 2024
Last reviewed 1 March 2024

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