The Gold Coast Public Health Unit announced to the public on 7 July 2019 about a case of measles after overseas travel.
What are Measles?
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that primarily affects children, but can also affect adults who are not immune. It spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Measles typically begins with symptoms similar to a common cold, including runny nose, fever, cough, and red eyes. After a few days, a characteristic rash appears, starting from the face and gradually spreading to the rest of the body.
While most people recover within a couple of weeks, measles can lead to serious complications, especially in young children and individuals with weakened immune systems. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles, and it is recommended as part of routine childhood immunization. If you suspect you or your child has been exposed to measles or are experiencing symptoms, it is essential to seek medical attention promptly to receive appropriate care and prevent further transmission of the virus.
For more information follow this link to NSW Health fact sheet about measles.
If you are concerned or have any questions, contact your doctor at Goonellabah Medical Centre or the local Public Health Unit.
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