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MEASLES ALERT: Man With Measles Caught Brisbane Train

Brisbane train goers have been told to be wary of measles symptoms after a man infected with the disease caught public transport.

The Metro-North Public Health Unit confirmed the man caught an 8.30am train from Enoggera Station to Roma Street on Monday and a train running in the opposite direction at 1.30pm on Tuesday.

"Metro-North Hospital and Health Service encourages people who were in those areas at the same time as the person to be aware of measles symptoms," the unit's Dr James Smith said.

"Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets generated through coughing and sneezing," Metro North Public Health Unit stated. 

"Measles symptoms usually start around 10 days after contact, but can occur between seven and 18 days after contact with an infectious person.

"The initial symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore and red eyes.  This is followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash. The rash often starts on the face and neck, then becomes widespread over the body.

"Anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next week or two should stay home and contact their GP for advice.

"It is 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.

"Further advice is available by calling 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)."

With AAP

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