By Charlie Coë For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 07:03 BST, 1 September 2020 | Updated: 08:27 BST, 1 September 2020
A Queensland nurse has tested positive for COVID-19 after suspecting he may have the virus when he started suffering from a very rare symptom - abdominal pain.
The 37-year-old nurse at the Ipswich Hospital's dedicated virus ward is one of two additional coronavirus infections confirmed by the state on Tuesday.
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the nurse at the facility in the state's south-east had pain that ordinarily would not be defined as a COVID-19 symptom.
'He identified he had abdominal pain, not normally considered a symptom of COVID-19, but he was incredibly wise and he identified that that was a symptom that could be from COVID-19,' Mr Miles said.
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A medical worker speaks to a person at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility in Brisbane on August 25. A different healthcare worker has tested positive for the illness after experiencing the rare symptom of abdominal pain (pictured)
'He went and got tested and that test came back positive.'
Mr Miles said the nurse is in a stable condition and has relatively mild symptoms.
'It underlines how we can all do the right thing by monitoring our health and if we have any symptoms at all that are of any cause for concern we can go and get tests,' he said.
Coronavirus symptoms usually include flu-like afflictions, including a fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
But abdominal pain has been named as a symptom of an inflammatory condition linked to COVID-19, which has affected some children during the pandemic.
Scientists have said multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is caused by the same virus as COVID-19 -