Measles may have spread at shops

A SECOND measles case has been confirmed on the Gold Coast, following the first outbreak at the end of February.

Queensland Health is urging anyone who was at the Westfield Helensvale shopping centre from March 10-18 to be alert for symptoms after the confirmation of measles in a person working at the centre during this period.

Gold Coast Public Health medical officer, Dr Don Staines, said the person had no history of overseas or interstate travel, and no obvious link to the first case reported on the Gold Coast.

Anyone who developed measles-like symptoms should contact their GP.

“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,” he said.

Dr Staines said symptoms usually started about 10 days after infection.

“Measles can be very distressing for those affected, and complications can include pneumonia or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and occasionally death,” he said.

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

“Queensland Health will continue to actively investigate this case and do whatever it can to prevent further transmission.”

For more information people should contact their local GP or call Queensland Health's phone line 13 HEALTH (13 432 584).



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