Measles 'High Alert' After Third Case In A Month
Queensland Health is warning residents of Brisbane and Ipswich to be on high alert for measles, after confirming the third case in just three weeks.
A woman from West Moreton who has visited popular parts of Brisbane and Ipswich on Friday January 4, is the latest to be diagnosed.
Doctors say the woman took the 444 bus from Indooroopilly to South Bank, before visiting the Max Brenner restaurant at South Bank.
Last Saturday, a male passenger with measles also arrived at Brisbane International Airport on a flight from China. He was travelling with the illness- but wasn't aware at the time.
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The man also visited The Prince Charles Hospital Emergency Department that same day.
People on the China Southern Airlines flight CZ 381 from Guangzhou are urged to be on alert for signs for the highly infectious disease.
"It's a good idea for people on that particular flight to double check and make sure that they are immune to measles," Dr Megan Young, a physician with Queensland Health, told Ten News First.
"If they're immune they don't need to be too worried. If they're not immune they need to watch out for symptoms of the illness and that will probably start if it's going to happen between 7 and 18 days after being exposed."
Doctors say too many people are complacent about their health while preparing for big trips.
"Particularly if people are going overseas I think it's really key for people to not only pack their bag and make sure that only their visa is in order, but also check their measles immunity before they go overseas," Dr Young said.
"Because we know that each case that we've had come back into Brisbane recently have travelled and that's where they've acquired the illness."
The latest outbreaks come just weeks after a man also became contagious in early December after also travelling overseas.
Early measles symptoms include fever, runny nose, lethargy and sore, red eyes, followed by a blotchy red rash.