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Measles Outbreak in Victoria

Measles Outbreak in Victoria – Update

*Cases of measles are continuing to be diagnosed in individuals living in Melbourne.
To date 21 confirmed cases of measles have been diagnosed in individuals living in Brunswick and surrounding suburbs during February and March 2016. (17/03/2016)

This is a timely reminder to ensure your family is up to date with vaccinations.
The Department of Health and Human Services continues to be notified of confirmed cases of measles in people residing in Melbourne. The majority of cases have been in un- or under-vaccinated younger adults.

Measles Outbreak in Melbourne, Victoria - Health Alert

The Department of Health and Human Services continues to be notified of confirmed cases of measles in people residing in Melbourne. The majority of cases have been in un- or under-vaccinated younger adults.

In the initial outbreak cases resided in Brunswick and surrounding areas, however a broader range of suburbs is now affected and ongoing clinical vigilance is required across Greater Melbourne.

KEY FACTS ABOUT MEASLES:

  • Measles is a very contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever.
  • Measles can cause serious, sometimes fatal, complications including pneumonia and encephalitis.
  • Measles is rare in Australia because of the widespread use of the measles vaccine but vaccination is important because people coming from overseas can carry the virus.

Children receive the first measles vaccine at the age of 12 months therefore, children under 12 months of age have no protection against this highly contagious virus. However, children as young as 9 months of age can have an additional MMR vaccine during outbreaks or if travelling to countries where measles is prevalent.

As measles is highly infectious through airborne transmission, other secondary cases could occur in susceptible people. Measles has an incubation period of between 7 and 18 days (average 14 days from exposure to rash) so should be considered in any susceptible person who presents with a compatible illness now or up until the end of February 2016.


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For more information about the current Measles Outbreak:
Chief Health Officer Alert: FAQs – Measles outbreak in Melbourne →


The Age: Health authorities on high alert over potential Brunswick measles outbreak →  /

The Age: Melbourne measles outbreak doubled: five new confirmed cases → /
22/02/2016

Better Health Channel → /

health.vic.gov.au – Update: Measles outbreak in Melbourne → /


For additional advice or concerns about potential exposure to Measles and/or the Measles Vaccine:
Contact Melbourne Children’s Travel Clinic and our Infectious Diseases specialists Prof Nigel Curtis and Dr Amanda Gwee