The Courier-Mail

UQ measles outbreak spreading


THE University of Queensland’s measles cluster has spread outside the student cohort for the first time, with two more people falling ill.

The latest two people to be infected both came into contact with the same student, who was unaware they were infectious at the time, and brings the total number of cases linked to the university to 10.

Queensland Health confirmed the latest two cases yesterday and revealed they had traversed Brisbane for days while infectious.

People can be infectious for up to 18 days before they show symptoms.

Symptoms include runny nose, fever, cough and itchy eyes, which progresses to a red and spotty rash.

The first case to be linked to the university’s St Lucia campus was revealed publicly on July 22.

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