The Courier-Mail

UQ measles cluster up to eight cases

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AN EIGHTH University of Queensland student has been struck down by measles.

A cluster of cases has broken out at the university since the first case was confirmed in late July.

A further six students were confirmed as having the infection, with number eight in the cluster confirmed yesterday.

A special vaccinatio­n clinic at the university has finished after hundreds of people were vaccinated with health authoritie­s focusing their attention on the business school.

The eight students crisscross­ed Brisbane while they were infectious, catching public transport, going on pub crawls and attending classes at the St Lucia campus.

The latest student was infectious when they attended classes at the University’s Business School from August 25 to August 27.

Public health physician James Smith said students needed to be mindful of the early symptoms of measles and to avoid the campus.

“Early symptoms are similar to the flu and other respirator­y illnesses, and include a fever, cough, runny nose and dry, itchy eyes,” Dr Smith said.

“It’s important for people to know that measles is infectious for four days before the rash appears.”

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