A Measles alert has been issued for the Sunshine Coast
A Measles alert has been issued for the Sunshine Coast Contributed

Measles alert issued for Sunshine Coast

A MEASLES alert has been issued for the Sunshine Coast after a person who took a trip to Bali visited several locations in the region while infected with the dangerous disease. 

Public Health Physician Dr Andrew Langley said an adult returning from overseas visited several locations in the community while they were infectious.

Two key locations and times have been identified and people in these areas at these times are encouraged to seek medical attention. 

The locations in question are: 

• Hastings Street, Noosa: on Saturday, 4 March between the times of 10 and 11am

GPs and hospitals have been notified of the possibility of measles cases presenting.

Dr Langley said information had been sent to the venues with workers and patrons being contacted where possible. 

"It is important to clearly understand that these businesses have not been responsible for causing any risk to public health" 

"Anyone born after 1965 who were in these areas and who has not been fully vaccinated against measles (two doses of MMR) should see their GP immediately.

"Furthermore, if you are unimmunized, travelled to this area, and are sick with a fever, please see your GP

When attending any medical facility, please be sure tophone ahead to inform them that you have been exposed to measles, so that processes are in place to protect other patients from illness"  

Two doses of a measles containing vaccine will provide long term protection from the infection.

There have been numerous recent cases of measles imported to Australia from Bali which emphasises the importance of routine immunization, and safe travel health practices.  

Measles is a highly infectious and serious viral infection that causes fever, cough, runny nose, sore eyes, and a red spotty rash a few days later. It is often a severe disease, that can occasionally have serious complications 

It is spread by tiny droplets in the air or by contact with infected secretions from the nose or mouth.

It is recommended 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 local GP to get vaccinated for measles. The vaccine is free for anyone who requires it. 

A fact sheet for the public about measles is available:http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/14/217/91/measles

For more information contact your GP or phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

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