Statewide alert after Moranbah miner contracts measles

A state-wide alert has been issued after a central Queensland mine worker contracted measles.

There are concerns he may have infected others after Queensland Health’s communicable diseases unit acting senior director Dr Stephen Lambert said the Moranbah worker had contact with mine camp colleagues and others in the last two weeks.

He said the man had been in the dining room of Moranbah’s Grosvenor Village camp in the last week of April.

It is believed the mine worker contracted measles while holidaying in Asia.

Many of the mine workers returned home throughout Queensland.

Lambert said Queensland Health was asking anyone who may have been exposed to the virus to visit a doctor if symptoms manifested.

They should tell their general practitioners they may have measles before visiting the clinic.

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

Symptoms usually manifest around 10 days after becoming infected and include fever, lethargy, a runny nose, coughing and aching red eyes followed by a blotchy red rash.

Complications can include pneumonia and inflammation of the brain. The infection can sometimes be fatal.

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