More measles cases in Victoria

Date issued: 16 May 2019

Issued by: Dr Angie Bone, Acting Chief Health Officer, Victoria

Issued to: General Practitioners and Hospital Emergency Departments

 Key messages

  • An additional case of measles has been confirmed in an overseas traveller. 
  • This is in addition to the four cases of measles confirmed in Victorian residents who travelled overseas recently but do not appear to be linked. These five cases may have been infectious whilst attending multiple public areas. 
  • To date, a total of 14 confirmed cases of measles have been notified for Victoria year-to-date. 
  • Be alert for measles in patients presenting with a fever at rash onset, particularly if they attended the places below in the 7-18 days prior to onset of illness. 
  • Isolate suspected cases to minimise the risk of transmission within your department/practice. 
  • Notify the Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Section at the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 651 160 of suspected cases immediately. 
  • Take blood for measles serology in all suspected cases. 
  • Discuss whether to take nose and throat swabs for PCR with the department if your suspicion for measles is high. Approval is required prior to PCR testing at the reference laboratory. PCR testing for measles does not attract a Medicare rebate. 
  • Free measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is now available from GPs and some pharmacies for all eligible adults born during or since 1966. 

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