New measles case in Brisbane

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A new case of measles has been reported in Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, after a child developed symptoms after returning home from a holiday overseas. This brings the total number of cases this year in the Metro North area to four.

According to Queensland Health, the child visited Just Pharmacy at Murrumba Downs Shopping Centre between 7pm and 7.45pm on Tuesday 2 July and Taigum Square Shopping Centre, Beams Road, Taigum, between 10.15am and 11.15am on Friday 5 July. The Metro North Public Health Unit has issued a measles alert, with Metro North Public Health physician Dr Rosie Muller advising people who were in these areas at the same time as the child to seek medical advice if they develop measles symptoms.

“Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets generated through coughing and sneezing,” Dr Muller said. “It’s 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.”