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Health alert – New measles case in Victoria

Date issued: 24 January 2024

Issued by: Dr Clare Looker, Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Health professionals and the Victorian community

Key messages

  • A new case of measles has been identified in a returned overseas traveller who attended a number of exposure sites in Melbourne from 17 January 2024 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 have 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 have recently returned from 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 people born during or after 1966 who do not have documentation of having received two doses of measles-containing vaccine. Vaccinate all individuals who are unsure of their vaccination history, regardless of Medicare status.
  • There is no need to check measles serology prior to vaccination.
  • Anyone planning overseas travel should make sure they have received appropriate travel vaccinations.

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