News

Measles alert

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service has been notified of a resident of Ipswich who has been diagnosed with measles and was in Ipswich while they were likely to be infectious from August 25.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service public health physician Dr Heidi Carroll said all Ipswich residents needed to be alert for symptoms, particularly those who may have come into contact with the patient.

The patient visited Ipswich Hospital on August 26 and 30, and September 1, 2013. The patient also travelled by train from Dinmore to Ipswich on the afternoon of August 30. The patient did not know they were infectious at the time.

Dr Carroll said if people are adequately vaccinated with two recorded doses of Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine, they were very unlikely to get the disease.

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

"True measles is a serious viral infection that causes fever, cough, runny nose, then a red spotty rash and sore eyes a few days later.

"Symptoms usually start around 10 days after infection but sometimes longer so anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next week or two should contact their GP for advice.

"It is very important to call the medical practice first to say you could have measles, so that staff can take precautions to avoid spreading the disease to others."

Dr Carroll said measles can make people very unwell and although complications are uncommon they can be very serious. Approximately 30 per cent of adults with measles will be hospitalised.

"It can be a severe illness even in otherwise healthy adolescents and young adults. Health staff will continue to actively investigate this case and do whatever they can to prevent further transmission," Dr Carroll said.

For more information on the measles virus visit:

http://access.health.qld.gov.au/hid/infectionsandparasites/viralinfections/measles_fs.asp or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

Topics:  infectious diseases, ipswich, measles


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

All new heights in Colombia

PEDAL POWER: Narelle Falkenhagen travelled to Medellin, Colombia, in late May to compete in the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships. Photo: Ricardo Salazar

Narelle Falkenhagen competed in her third UCI BMX world championship

Police provide helping hand at Lockyer District High School

TOP COP: Lockyer District High School students Haidyn Thode and Kaitlyn Friend with Senior Constable Carlene Groube and principal Darren Cook.

Lockyer District High School welcome their new police officer.

Latest deals and offers

Mounted archery to hit targets

When Hayley Chambers-Halt first started horseback archery, she’d never picked up a bow and arrow before.

All new heights in Colombia

PEDAL POWER: Narelle Falkenhagen travelled to Medellin, Colombia, in late May to compete in the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships. Photo: Ricardo Salazar

Narelle Falkenhagen competed in her third UCI BMX world championship

Police provide helping hand at Lockyer District High School

TOP COP: Lockyer District High School students Haidyn Thode and Kaitlyn Friend with Senior Constable Carlene Groube and principal Darren Cook.

Lockyer District High School welcome their new police officer.

Katie’s closer to her Ekka dream role

DREAM: Lowood Show Girl Katie Whitfield.

Katie Whitfield named Lowood Show Girl.

Our Lockyer Valley Volunteers win

CHEERS TO VOLUNTEERS: Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann with local volunteer groups who received funding from the Volunteer Grants Program.

Volunteer Grants Program funding given out.

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Clive Palmer to re-open refinery

Clive Palmer on ABC radio.

Clive Palmer talks about his achievements, election chances and re-opening the...

Dash Cam of Slip in Snow

Even light snow can be hazardous.

Dash cam shows how easy it is to lose control in even light snow.

Chaos outside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Distress as cars escape Istanbul airport after bombing.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward