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Measles alert for Brisbane and Logan

5 April 2018

The Metro South Public Health Unit (MSPHU) has confirmed four cases of measles in the Metro South area during the last three weeks.

Public Health Physician Dr Kari Jarvinen said it was important for Metro South residents to be vaccinated, if they weren't already, and that the MSPHU would be rolling out a targeted immunisation campaign.

"Vaccinations are recommended for anyone who has not already had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had proven measles. The MMR vaccine is free and anyone requiring vaccination should arrange this through their family GP," Dr Jarvinen said.

"Measles is a serious viral infection that may lead to pneumonia, brain inflammation and other serious illness. It is not a mild disease."

Local drop-in clinics are offering free vaccinations from Thursday 5 April to Saturday 14 April in Jimboomba, Marsden, Crestmead, Browns Plains and Logan. Residents will be able to call 13HEALTH for clinic locations.

While extensive contact tracing was being conducted, Dr Jarvinen said residents in the Brisbane south and Logan areas also needed to be alert for symptoms.

"Measles causes fever, lethargy, moist cough, runny nose, then a red spotty rash and sore eyes a few days later. The rash often starts on the face then becomes widespread over the body," Dr Jarvinen said.

"Anyone who may have come into contact with an infectious person, and are uncertain of their immunity to measles should speak to their GP immediately.

"Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing.

"Getting yourself and your family vaccinated will help prevent serious illness and also reduce the risk of you having to take weeks off work, school or day-care.

"Symptoms usually start around 10 days after contact, but can occur between 7 and 18 days after contact with an infectious person.

"It is particularly important for travellers to get vaccinated before leaving Australia."

Information is available on the Measles fact sheet. Further advice is available by contacting your GP or by calling 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)

Last updated 6 April 2018
Last reviewed 5 April 2018

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