Authorities confirm second case of measles in Toowoomba

A SECOND case of measles has been confirmed in Toowoomba after a child was diagnosed with the illness last week.

A man related to the Darling Heights State School student has tested positive to the condition.

The man became unwell over the weekend and was kept in isolation in Toowoomba until the test results could be confirmed.

He travelled from Toowoomba to Moranbah for work prior to the child's diagnosis last week.

Central Queensland health authorities are tracing his movements to ensure anyone who may have come in contact with him during his infectious period is on the look out for symptoms.

Darling Downs Public Health Unit director Dr Penny Hutchinson said the infection was unlikely to have spread to Toowoomba residents.

"Symptoms usually start around 10 days, but can occur between seven and 18 days after infection," Dr Hutchinson said.

"This means that we could expect to see further cases up until the end of this week."

Topics:  contamination disease health measles toowoomba toowoomba hospital

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