Second measles alert issued for Redlands

QUEENSLAND Health has warned of a second measles case in the Redlands, with a person visiting locations around Cleveland, Wellington Point and Capalaba while they were likely to have been infectious.

The person visited the following areas between March 3 and March 6:

-Cleveland Farmers Markets between 8am and 10am on Sunday, March 3

-Wellington Point Park (Recreation Reserve) between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday, March 3

-Woolworths at Capalaba Central between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday, March 6

Metro South Health public health physician Dr Kari Jarvinen said people who had been at these locations needed to be alert for symptoms unless they had been born before 1966, had received two doses of measles vaccine, or had experienced a documented measles illness in the past.

"If people are adequately vaccinated with two recorded doses of Measles Mumps Rubella vaccine, they are very unlikely to get the disease," Dr Jarvinen said.

"People who are unsure or have concerns about their immunity to measles should contact their doctor to check whether they have had both vaccines."

Dr Jarvinen said a person with symptoms should call the medical practice before visiting so staff could take precautions to avoid the spread of the disease.

Measles is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing and causes fever, cough, runny nose, then a red spotty rash and sore eyes a few days later.

Symptoms usually start around seven to 10 days after contact with a person with measles.

Queensland Health advised anyone who developed measles-like symptoms within the next fortnight to contact their GP for advice.

It is the second reported case of measles around the Redlands in two weeks.

The first alert issued by Queensland Health on February 28 concerned a person who had visited locations around Victoria Point, Cleveland and Thornlands between February 16 and 23.