Two family members diagnosed with measles after Bali flight

TWO members of the same family who recently returned from Bali to the Gold Coast have been diagnosed with measles.

The cases take the number of measles patients diagnosed in Queensland this year to four.

The Gold Coast Public Health Unit said the two people would have been infectious when they travelled on Virgin flight VA40 which arrived into the Brisbane International Airport on February 27 at 9am.

They also attended the Blood Collection Centre and pharmacy department at the Gold Coast University Hospital on March 7 between 11am and 1pm.

Public Health Unit specialist Anu Anuradha said anyone who was on the flight, at the airport or the hospital at those times should be alert for measles symptoms and consult a general practitioner if they become unwell.

"It is very important to call your medical practice first if you need to seek treatment so that staff can take precautions to avoid spreading it to others," she said.

One of the patients also attended a school while infectious and the Gold Coast Public Health Unit is working with the school to notify parents. Measles is one of the world's most infectious viruses.

It is spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms can include a fever, fatigue, runny nose and sore red eyes which usually last for several days before a red, blotchy rash appears.

The virus can cause serious complications including pneumonia and encephalitis, swelling of the brain.

Symptoms usually start around 10 days after contact with an infectious person.

Vaccination with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is the only way to prevent infection. Two doses are recommended for children, with the first at 12 months and the second at 18 months.

Dr Anuradha urged people to check their vaccination status before travelling overseas.

For more information, phone 13HEALTH.

News Corp Australia


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