Department of Health

New case of measles in Victoria

20/12/22

Victoria has recorded a new measles case in a returned overseas traveller.

The case, a 41-year-old returned traveller from India, was infectious from the time of their return to Victoria on 12 December.

There are multiple public exposure sites that have been identified, with those who attended these sites urged to seek medical care if they develop symptoms, and to wear a mask and call ahead to ensure they can be isolated from others.

Date

Time

Location

Monitor for onset of symptoms up to

Monday, 12 December 2022 

Departed: Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, 11 December, 1820hrs 

Arrived: 12 December at 0710hrs 

Thai Airways Flight TG 465 
Bangkok, Thailand to Melbourne 

Friday, 30 December 2022 

Monday, 12 December 2022 

 7:10 am to 9:30 am 

Melbourne Airport International Arrivals, Tullamarine, VIC 3045 

Friday, 30 December 2022 

Monday, 12 December 2022  4:00 pm to 4:30 pm  Public train - Craigieburn line 
Ascot Vale Station towards Craigieburn
Friday, 30 December 2022 
Monday, 12 December 2022  4:10 pm to 5.05 pm 

Fresh on Young - 
34-38 Young St, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039 

Friday, 30 December 2022 

Monday, 12 December 2022 

4:25 pm to 5:15 pm   Woolworths Moonee Ponds - 13 Pratt Street, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039  Friday, 30 December 2022 

Monday, 12 December 2022 

4:50 pm to 5:55 pm  Public bus, line 472 
Moonee Ponds towards Williamstown  
Friday, 30 December 2022 

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm   Public bus, line 472 
Ascot Vale to Moonee Ponds 
Saturday, 31 December 2022 

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 

5:50 pm to 6:35 pm  Umiyaki Moonee Ponds 
21 Pratt St, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039 
Saturday, 31 December 2022 

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 

6:00 pm to 6:45 pm   Woolworths Moonee Ponds - 13 Pratt Street, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039  Saturday, 31 December 2022

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 

6:20 pm to 6:55 pm   Moonee Ponds Central Shopping Centre - 
14-16 Hall St, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039 
Saturday, 31 December 2022 

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 

6:20 pm to 7:05 pm  Aldi Moonee Ponds 
14-16 Hall St, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
Saturday, 31 December 2022 
Tuesday, 13 December 2022  6:35 pm to 7:25 pm 

Public bus, line 472 
Moonee Ponds towards Williamstown

Saturday, 31 December 2022

Friday, 16 December 2022 

3:15 pm to 4:00 pm Public bus, line 472 
Moonee Ponds towards Williamstown 
Tuesday, 3 January 2023 

Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that spreads quickly with close contact, especially in those who are not fully vaccinated. Young children and adults with weakened immune systems are the most at risk of serious illness.

The illness usually begins with common cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, red eyes and a cough, followed by fever and a rash. The characteristic rash usually begins 3-4 days after the first symptoms, generally starting on the face and then spreading to the rest of the body.

“People can develop pneumonia and other serious complications from measles, and particularly children may need to be hospitalised. Please seek medical attention right away if you notice any symptoms, especially if you have recently returned from overseas,” Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said.

Six measles cases have now been reported in Victoria since January 2022. Recent previous cases of measles have been identified in people who are not fully immunised against measles and who have travelled overseas or been in contact with returned overseas travellers. Measles is rare in Australia, however, thanks to widespread vaccination rates.

“People who are planning to travel overseas should ensure they have received appropriate vaccinations, including an MMR vaccine if they don’t have a history of two previous MMR vaccinations,” Professor Sutton added.

Additional information is also available on Better Health Channel.

Reviewed 20 December 2022

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