Big measles warn after an infected New Zealand tourist visits several popular restaurants
- The person spent time in the Coolangatta area and visited various restaurants
- They explored the coast from September 18 and left on Saturday 21
- Health organizations urge people to pay attention to measles symptoms
A tourist from New Zealand who was infected with measles, visited the Gold Coast this month and may have infected others, the authorities have warned.
The infected person spent time in the Coolangatta area and visited various local eateries.
They explored the coast on Wednesday, September 18, and departed on Virgin Australia flight VA113 on Saturday, 21.
While on the Gold Coast, the infected person spent time in the Coolangatta area and visited various local eateries (stock image)
YOU ARE IN GENERAL CONSIDERED AS IMMUNE AS:
- You were born before 1966
- You have had two documented doses of a measles vaccine (such as MMR)
- You have proven immunity to measles in blood tests
- You have had confirmed measles disease in the laboratory
Source: Gold Coast Public Health
The Gold Coast Public Health Unit has warned people who were in the area between those dates to be alert to any measles and to visit their doctor.
The first symptoms of measles are fever, lethargy, runny nose, damp cough and painful red eyes.
A few days later this is followed by a spotty, red rash that often starts on the face and then becomes widespread over the body.
Gold Coast Public Health urges people to call their doctor in advance so that staff can take precautions to prevent the risk of the infection spreading.
The measles vaccine is provided free of charge to persons born after 1965.
They explored the coast on Wednesday, September 18, and departed on Virgin Australia flight VA113 on Saturday, 21 (stock image)
There have been many measles cases in 2019.
More than 92 cases of the disease have been confirmed this year, which is close to the number of cases for the whole of 2018.
The increase in measles cases in the country is attributed to travelers entering the country and people who do not know they need a second vaccination.
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