Sunrise Hospital, an Australian-owned private hospital in Brisbane, has been hit by a measles scare after a resident with no known health issues became ill with the disease.
The hospital said it is on lockdown due to the outbreak, and that staff and patients have been asked to stay at home.
ABC News has obtained a letter from Sunrise to residents, which states: I’m writing to inform you that I’m taking this decision at the request of the Queensland Government to limit our services to those who have not been admitted for medical treatment, due to a possible measles outbreak in our hospital.
The letter adds that this has been an ongoing situation at Sunrise, and says staff will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with Queensland Government departments and agencies.
The Queensland Government says the situation is under control.
Queensland Health Minister Greg Hunt has described the situation as “urgent”.
“We have been in contact with local authorities and the Queensland Health Service, as well as with the Australian Health Protection Authority (AHPRA), the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Agency and Queensland Health and Hospitals Australia,” Mr Hunt said.
“We continue to work with Queensland Health to provide the best medical care possible.”
What you need to know about measles: Whooping cough is a common and contagious respiratory disease.
It is spread by coughing, sneezing and other body fluids, and can cause severe coughing fits and sometimes pneumonia.
It can also cause pneumonia.
The virus is very contagious and can spread through close contact.
A person can catch measles when they come into contact with an infected person.
Symptoms can include fever, runny nose, cough and sore throat.
Some people have an immune system that can fight the virus.
If the person does not have a vaccine, they can get the virus through other means, such as contact with infected people or the sharing of water, food or a bottle.
Anyone who is concerned about someone who has the disease should seek medical attention immediately, including by calling your GP or other health professional.