Health Notification – Measles USC

Health Notification – Measles USC

Health notification regarding a confirmed case of measles

The University of the Sunshine Coast has been notified that a person with a confirmed diagnosis of measles visited USC’s main campus at Sippy Downs on Monday 25 June 2018, between 9am and 3pm.

Queensland Health advised that measles is an acute, highly infectious illness that can cause serious complications. Anyone experiencing signs and symptoms of measles should visit their doctor, advising the doctor’s staff in advance that they might have the illness.

Information about measles, including signs and symptoms, is available at Queensland Health’s website at: http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/media/pdf/14/217/91/measles-v6

Measles outbreak on Coast: Where the infected went

THE Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit has confirmed a case of measles in a person on the Sunshine Coast.

The person is believed to have visited the following locations while unknowingly infectious:

  • Monday June 25, between 9am and 3pm – the Sippy Downs campus of USC
  • • Thursday June 28, between 8.30am and 10am – the Maroochydore Medical Centre in Horton Parade Maroochydore, including the QML Collection Centre
  • • Friday June 29, between 10.30and 11.30am – the Maroochydore Medical Centre in Horton Parade Maroochydore
  • • Sunday July 1, between 7.40pm and 8.15pm – the Department of Emergency Medicine at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Public Health Physician Dr Margaret Young said the SCPHU was working with the health care facilities and venues where the person had visited, and urged anyone who was in those areas around the same time to ensure they are immune to measles.

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

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

“Vaccinations are recommended for anyone born during or since 1966, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had a proven case of measles.”

The MMR vaccine is funded and anyone requiring vaccination should arrange this through their family GP.

Dr Young said anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next three weeks should stay home and contact their doctor for advice.

“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,” Dr Young said.

“The rash often starts on the face then becomes widespread over the body.

“If you do need to seek treatment, 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 further to others.”

 

Recycle, Reuse and Shop in style thanks to Indi & Lexi

Recycle, Reuse and Shop in style thanks to Indi & Lexi

Local Sippy Downs residents Indi (9) and Lexi (7) Baker have taken what they learnt at a recent demonstration at Brightwater State School, where the girls attend and are doing their very best to help locals reduce their impact on the environment.

When we asked Indi how this all came about she stated “We had an environmental day at the school for year fours, we learnt all of these new, different ways to reuse and recycle things and my favourite one the one where we made t-shirts into bags, it just popped out to me because it was fun.”

Recycle, Reuse and shop in style thanks to Indi & Lexi

Image thanks to Sippy Downs Community – Connect Facebook Group, shared by Indi & Lexi’s Mum Ebony Baker

After a bunch of practising on old shirts at home, there was not an old shirt in sight at the Bakers residence. This inspired Indi & Lexi’s mum Ebony to put a post up on a couple of local social media groups looking for local to donate some old shirts but instead, they had some locals contact them to convert their old t-shirts into fashionable shopping bags which gave then an idea.

With the recent change over from plastic to recycle bags for shopping the girls, thanks to enquiries from locals have decided to kick off a little entrepreneurial endeavour and are now offering local community members the opportunity to have their old t-shirts turned into shopping bags for a gold coin donation per shirt for their efforts.

If you have some old t-shirts that you would like turned into shopping bags, please contact Indi & Lexi’s mum Ebony via her Facebook profile linked below.
https://www.facebook.com/ebony.baker.77

On behalf of the entire community, we would like to congratulate Indi and Lexi for not only their passion for the environment but for their efforts to inspire other locals to share in their love for a sustainable future so that together we can have the most significant impact possible.

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