More measles cases are expected, warns official

HEALTH officials have diagnosed a fifth case of measles in two weeks and expect more to be confirmed in coming weeks.

The latest patient is a female who visited a Rosewood school and shops between September 7 and 13 while unknowingly infectious.

Public health physician Dr Brad McCall said residents who visited Ipswich Hospital and those shops on those dates should be alert for symptoms.

Dr McCall said given the large numbers of people potentially exposed, further measles cases could be expected.

"Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing," he said.

"True measles is a serious viral infection that causes fever, cough, runny nose, then a red spotty rash and sore eyes a few days later."



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