Department of Health

New measles case in visitor to Victoria

26/03/19
Published by Department of Health & Human Services

Please see attached the CHO Alert in relation to a case of recently diagnosed measles and a number of exposure sites around Melbourne.

The case, a man in his late teens, remains isolated and is being treated in hospital. The illness was acquired overseas.

This case is unrelated to the previous measles case, who recently attended the Melbourne Formula 1 GP while infectious.

Quotes attributable to Victoria's Chief Health Officer, Dr Brett Sutton:

"Anyone who is unvaccinated is at highest risk of contracting measles. People need to have received two doses of measles-containing vaccine to be fully protected. Many adults have only received one vaccine against measles and therefore most cases are in this age group.

"Most people born before 1966 will have been exposed to measles in childhood, and therefore will be protected.

This means if you are an adult born in or after 1966 - especially if you are planning travel overseas - you may be susceptible and should contact your GP to get vaccinated - and a free Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine is available."

There is a confirmed case of measles in a person who may have been infectious whilst attending multiple public areas across metropolitan Melbourne between Thursday 21 March and Sunday 24 March 2019:

Date Time Location
Thursday 21 March 5am - 8am QF1543 Brisbane to Canberra
Thursday 21 March 8am - 10am QF809 Canberra to Melbourne
Thursday 21 March 10am - 11am Melbourne Airport - Terminal 1
Thursday 21 March 10.30am - 11.30am Skybus Airport Shuttle to Melbourne Southern Cross Station
Thursday 21 March 11am - 11.30am Southern Cross Station - Bus Terminal
Thursday 21 March Day Nomads All National Hostel, Spencer Street Melbourne
Friday 22 March Day Nomads All National Hostel
Friday 22 March 9pm- 9.30pm 7-Eleven - 2 Spencer Street
Saturday 23 March Day Nomads All National Hostel
Saturday 23 March 6pm - 7pm Chemist Warehouse Paramount Centre, Bourke Street Melbourne
Sunday 24 March Day Nomads All National Hostel

This is a timely reminder for individuals to check their vaccination records. Free measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is now available for adults born during or since 1966 who do not have documented evidence of receiving two doses of a measles-containing vaccine or do not have documented evidence of immunity.

Children or adults born during or since 1966 who do not have documented evidence of receiving two doses of a measles-containing vaccine or do not have documented evidence of immunity are considered to be susceptible to measles. People who are immunocompromised are also at risk.

Clinical features of measles include prodromal fever, a severe cough, conjunctivitis and coryza, followed by a maculopapular rash starting on the face. Individuals, especially children, are typically unwell. The infectious period of patients with measles is roughly five days before, to four days after, the appearance of the rash.

Measles is highly infectious and can persist in the environment for up to two hours.

Further information about measles can be found at the Better Health Channel.

All overseas travellers should be prepared for travel and be aware of health issues and measures to protect themselves from sickness while overseas.Further information can be found at the Better Health Channel's travel health tips section.

Reviewed 26 March 2019

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