CHO Health Alert: Further measles case in Victoria 16 January

CHO Health Alert: Further measles case in Victoria 16 January

16 January, 2019

Status: Active

Date issued: 16 January 2019

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

Issued to: General practitioners and Hospital Emergency Departments

Key messages

  • There has been an additional confirmed case of measles who may have been infectious whilst in and around Inner East and North East Melbourne between Wednesday 9 January and Friday 11 January 2019: 
    • Wednesday 9 January: Hooking Restaurant, Kew East (7.00pm to 8.30pm) and Laird Hotel, Abbotsford (9.00pm and 12.30am) 
    • Thursday 10 January: Blackhearts and Sparrows, North Fitzroy (4.00pm to 4.35pm) and Colonel Tans at Revolver, Prahran (7.30pm to 9.30pm) 
    • Friday 11 January: Metro train Hurstbridge line, Collingwood to Ivanhoe (12.30am to 1.00am) and Prahran Aquatic Centre, Prahran (1.00pm to 4.00pm) 
  • This follows a previously reported case who may have been infectious whilst at Box Hill Hospital between Thursday 10 January and Sunday 13 January. 
  • Be alert for measles in patients presenting with a fever at rash onset, particularly if they attended the above places 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 case in Victoria

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