Broncos fans faced measles risk as Brisbane on alert

FOOTY fans who headed to the Bronco's game at Suncorp Stadium last week could have been exposed to a looming measles outbreak in Brisbane.

Queensland Health has released a "measles alert" for the capital after a person infected with the virus was found to have been infectious while spending time in the city.
 

The person was thought to have been infectious when they visited:

• Little Sista café in Coorparoo on Sunday 1 March around lunchtime

• Jubilee Hotel in the Fortitude Valley on Tuesday 3 March in the evening

• On evening of Thursday 5 March: the Caxton Hotel, Hotel LA and the Bronco's game at Suncorp stadium

• The Emporium, Fortitude Valley on Friday 6 March around lunchtime

• Kafé Me, Greenslopes Mall on Monday 9 March around lunchtime

 

Public Health physician for the region, Dr Kari Jarvinen said anyone who might've shared space with the measles sufferer must now keep an eye out for symptoms.

A measles infection.
A measles infection. Contributed

Dr Jarvinen is asking those unsure of their immunity to the virus should contact their GP immediately.

Given the large scale potential of the exposure, Queensland Health warns that measles cases could spike in coming weeks.

"If people are adequately vaccinated with two recorded doses of Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine, they are very unlikely to get the disease.

"People who are unsure or have concerns about their immunity to measles should contact their doctor to check whether they have had both vaccines," Dr Jarvinen said.

"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 7 to 10 days after infection but sometimes longer so anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next fortnight 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 Jarvinen said measles can make people very unwell and although complications are uncommon they can be very serious.

About 30% of adults with measles will be hospitalised.

"It can be a severe illness even in otherwise healthy adolescents and young adults.

Queensland Health staff will continue to actively investigate this case and do whatever they can to prevent further transmission," Dr Jarvinen said.

"Because of recent measles outbreaks overseas, it is particularly important for travellers to get vaccinated before leaving Australia."

For more information on the measles virus visit Queensland Health's measles page or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).


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