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Measles case confirmed on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Public Health Unit is responding to a case of measles confirmed in a returned traveller from overseas.

The person attended Robina Hospital Emergency Department on Sunday 21 July while infectious.

Gold Coast Public Health Unit Staff Specialist Dr Andre Wattiaux said there were only a handful of people in the waiting room at the same time as the infected person. Each of these has been contacted and provided with advice based on their individual circumstances.

The Public Health Unit is contacting people who may have come into contact with the person who attended a number of other locations while infected.

Members of the public should be alert to symptoms of measles.

The initial symptoms can include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore red eyes. This is followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash which often starts on the face and then becomes widespread over the body.

If you have any of the measles symptoms contact your GP – it is very important to call the medical practice first if you think you might have measles, so that staff can take precautions to avoid spreading it to others.

The measles vaccine is provided free for any person born after 1965.

For more information on the measles virus, visit the Queensland Government website or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

Last updated 23 Jul 2019