A measles alert has been issued for the Brisbane area, after an adult patient was confirmed to be suffering from the disease last week.

It is the second case of measles in the Queensland capital this month, after a baby boy also fell ill in the city’s north.

The adult patient is believed to have visited the following public locations in Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast while infectious:

  • Sunday, 11 March – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wednesday, 14 March – Woolworths in Marsden Fifth Avenue, Brisbane
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 14 – 16 March – Logan Hospital.

House Call Doctor’s Chief Operating Officer Craig Glover said anyone who may have been in these areas should be aware of the symptoms of measles.

“Measles is a highly contagious virus that poses serious risks for adults and children,” Mr Glover said.

“Unless you have the vaccine, you can easily catch it simply by swallowing or inhaling the droplets from an infected person’s sneeze or cough.”

“Anyone born during or after 1966 who has not had two documented doses of the measles vaccine is urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Initial symptoms of measles can appear as:

  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Runny nose
  • Moist cough
  • Sore and red eyes
  • Red and bluish spots inside the mouth
  • Red and blotchy skin rash that appears first on the face and hairline, and spreads to the body.

If you are concerned you have the measles, visit your local GP immediately, book an after-hours doctor in Brisbane or call 13 HEALTH.