Third measles case confirmed in Toowoomba
THE Darling Downs Public Health Unit has confirmed the third measles case in the past six weeks after a primary school-aged child tested positive to the serious condition.
The child presented to the Toowoomba Hospital Emergency Department at 4am, yesterday.
Measles was confirmed when pathology test results were returned last night.
Darling Downs Public Health Unit Director Dr Penny Hutchinson advised that infection control measures had been put in place at the Emergency Department as soon as measles was suspected.
The child travelled with family to a number of locations during the infectious period.
The child's movements during the infectious period were as detailed below:
- May 29-30: Attended school at Toowoomba Christian College, New England Highway,
- May 30: Travelled with family to Tenterfield, stopping at McDonalds Restaurant, New
- England Highway, Stanthorpe
- 31 May: Attended Beef Week, Casino NSW
- 31 May: On return journey attended a Boys Brigade drill at Rosewood State High School Hall, Rosewood QLD. This event included companies from South Brisbane, Toowoomba,
- Caboolture, Ipswich, Crows Nest and Enoggera.
- 2 June: Noon - 3pm attended Farmfest set-up with a group from Downlands College,
- Farmfest, Kingsthorpe, QLD
- 4 June: 4am presented to Toowoomba Hospital Emergency Department
Darling Downs health authorities are undertaking tracing to ensure anyone who may have come in contact with the child during the infectious period is on the look out for symptoms.
Dr Hutchinson said there was the potential for subsequent cases to appear as a result of contact with the child.
"Symptoms usually start around 10 days, but can occur between seven and 18 days after infection," Dr Hutchinson said.
"This means that we could expect to see further cases up until June 21.
"Anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next week or two should contact their GP for advice.
"It is very important to call the medical practice first to say you could have measles, so that staff can take precautions to avoid spreading the disease to others.
"Anyone who thinks they may have come into contact with the patient can also call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for advice."
Dr Hutchinson said because the child had travelled to NSW during the infectious period, Queensland Health's Communicable Diseases Unit had been in touch with their NSW counterparts to make them aware of the situation.