A measles epidemic is spreading in Brisbane, after a Kenmore resident returning from overseas was diagnosed with it. The man is believed to have visited the Coles supermarket in Kenmore last week.
This is the 10th measles case diagnosed in Queensland this year. Measles, which is highly contagious, is a viral infection of the respiratory system. It is spread in the air through coughing and sneezing. The disease is characterized by a red rash of small red spots that spreads throughout the body. Initial symptoms include fever, fatigue, a runny nose, moist cough, inflamed eyes. Symptoms begin about 10 days after contact, and is considered contagious four days before the rash appears and up to four days after. A person with measles will contract high fever as the rash spreads throughout the body.
People who suspect they have measles should see a doctor for proper medication, and get full bed rest and drink plenty of fluids until after the measles runs its course.
Measles vaccines are also recommended for children and adults.