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Health alert – New measles cases in Victoria

New measles cases in Victoria

Date issued: 27 January 2024

Issued by: Dr Christian McGrath, Acting Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Health services, health professionals and the Victorian community

Key messages

  • Three cases of measles have been identified in overseas travellers within the last week in Victoria.
  • These cases attended multiple exposure sites in Melbourne and surrounds from 17 January 2023 while infectious.
  • Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can spread from person-to-person and potentially lead to serious health complications.
  • 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 or relevant Local Public Health Unit immediately by calling 1300 651 160.
  • Anyone planning overseas travel should make sure they have received vaccinations appropriate for travel.
  • International travel may present a risk to anyone vulnerable to measles.
  • 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.

Read the full alert: New measles cases in Victoria

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