CHO Alert - New measles case identified in Victoria 4 March 2020

Status: Active 

Date issued: 4 March 2020 

Issued by: Dr Annaliese van Diemen, Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Disease), Victoria 

Issued to: Medical Practitioners and Hospital Emergency Departments  

Key messages

  • A new case of measles has been identified in a returned traveller from Thailand.         
  • There have been five cases of measles identified in Victoria this year.  
  • Offer free measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to all people born during or since 1966 who do not have documentation that they have received two measles containing vaccines. Vaccinate all individuals who are unsure of their vaccination history, regardless of Medicare status.  
  • There is no need to check serology prior to vaccination.  
  • Anyone planning overseas travel should ensure they have received vaccinations appropriate to travel.  
  • MMR vaccine is now free for infants aged 6 to 12 months travelling to measles affected areas.  
  • For additional information and resources please go to the measles page at

Read the full alert: New measles case identified in Victoria


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