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Health alert – New measles case in Victoria

Date issued: 30 Jun 2023

Issued by: Adjunct Clinical Professor Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Health professionals

Key messages

  • A new case of measles has been identified in a returned overseas traveller.
  • The case attended multiple exposure sites in Melbourne between Friday 23 and Sunday 25 June 2023 while infectious.
  • People who attended the listed exposure sites during the specified dates and times should monitor for symptoms of measles.
  • Anyone who develops symptoms of measles should seek medical care. Wear a mask and call ahead to make sure you can be isolated from others.
  • Healthcare professionals should be alert for measles in patients with fever and rash, particularly those who were overseas or attended a listed exposure site during the specified period.
  • Suspected cases should be tested, advised to isolate, and notified to the Department of Health immediately by calling 1300 651 160.
  • Offer free measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to all people born during or since 1966 who do not have documentation that they have received two doses of measles containing vaccines. Vaccinate all individuals who are unsure of their vaccination history, regardless of Medicare status.
  • There is no need to check serology prior to vaccination.
  • Anyone planning overseas travel should make sure they have received vaccinations appropriate for travel.

Read the full Alert: New measles case in Victoria

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