Measles warn­ing

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dents are warned to be on the alert for measles symp­toms fol­low­ing a con­firmed case in the area.

An over­seas tourist was in­fec­tious when they vis­ited Air­lie Beach on Au­gust 18.

A Queens­land Health spokes­woman said any­one who was not im­mune through past dis­ease or vac­ci­na­tion may be vul­ner­a­ble.

Measles is one of the most in­fec­tious of all com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases and is spread by cough­ing and sneez­ing.

The ini­tial symp­toms of fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore and red eyes usu­ally start about 10 days af­ter in­fec­tion.

Th­ese are fol­lowed a few days later by a blotchy red rash on the face, which then be­comes wide­spread.

Queens­land Health says any­one who de­vel­ops the symp­toms should phone their GP be­fore vis­it­ing, so they can avoid the dis­ease spread­ing to other pa­tients.

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