Moranbah man diagnosed with measles

A CASE of the highly infectious measles virus has been diagnosed in Moranbah, prompting Queensland Health to urge people to be alert for symptoms.

Public Health Physician Dr Steven Donohue said a mine worker in Moranbah had contact with mine camp colleagues and some members of the public while he was contagious from April 25 to May 6.

The man visited the Moranbah Medical Centre on Tuesday afternoon, April 30, and Thursday morning, May 2.

Queensland Health and clinic staff are contacting people known to have been at the GP practice waiting room on those two dates.

He was also in the dining room of Grosvenor Village camp at Moranbah for dinner, on or around Wednesday, April 29, and Thursday, April 30, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

The man is thought to have contracted the virus while in Asia in recent weeks.

"Queensland Health is asking anyone who may have been exposed to the virus to ensure they are protected against measles and to seek medical advice if symptoms develop," Dr Donohue said.

 

SYMPTOMS OF MEASLES:

  • Fever
  • Generally feeling unwell (malaise)
  • Runny nose
  • Dry cough
  • Sore and red eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Red and bluish spots inside the mouth (Koplik's spots)
  • Red and blotchy skin rash that appears first on the face and hairline, then spreads to the body.

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