Measles alert after surf carnival

TANNUM Sands Surf Life Saving Club members who travelled to the Gold Coast recently to compete have been put on alert for measles.

Queensland Health is urging anyone who was at Q1 on the Gold Coast on April 8, or who attended the surf lifesaving carnival on Kurrawa Beach or the McDonalds restaurant in Marine Parade, Labrador, on April 9 to be on the alert for symptoms of measles.

This follows confirmation of a measles case in a person who had visited these locations on those days while infectious.

More than 30 members attended the carnival, with surfboat captain Phil Massingham saying there were a few that had a bad cough following the trip, but no reports yet of any rashes.

Gold Coast Public Health medical officer Dr Don Staines said symptoms usually started about 10 days after infection but sometimes longer.

Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and can be acquired in public places if infectious people are present. Measles is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing. The virus can last for several hours in the environment.

The initial symptoms are fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore and red eyes, followed a few days later by a blotchy red rash.

For more information on the measles virus, people should contact their local GP or call Queensland Health’s phone line 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).



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