Measles case in Qld sparks statewide alert

State health authorities say the central Queensland man probably caught the virus during a recent holiday in Asia and may have passed it on to colleagues.

He had contact with fellow mine workers at the Moranbah mine camp while he was contagious from 25 April to 6 May, according to Dr Stephen Lambert, acting senior director of the communicable diseases unit at Queensland Health. 

He was in the dining room of the Grosvenor Village camp around 29  and 30 April between 6.30pm and 7.30pm (AEST).

Queensland Health believes many of the mine workers he had contact with have returned to their homes around the state, potentially spreading the virus.

It is urging anyone born after 1966 who hasn't had two doses of the measles vaccine – or actually had the virus – to get the free vaccine from a GP.

“Queensland Health will continue to actively investigate this case and do whatever it can to prevent further