Further Measles Cases in Victoria

Date issued: 28 March 2019 (update to Alert issued 26 March 2019)

Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Victoria

Issued to: General practitioners and hospital emergency departments

Key messages

  • There have been additional unrelated cases of measles in persons who may have been infectious whilst attending multiple public areas across metropolitan Melbourne. To date, a total of nine cases of measles have been notified in Victoria for 2019. 
  • 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. 

Read the full alert: Further measles cases in Victoria