CHO Health Alert - New measles case identified in Victoria

18 December, 2019

Status: Active
Date issued: 17 December 2019 (update to Alert issued 12 December 2019)
Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Victoria
Issued to: General practitioners and hospital emergency departments

Key messages

  • A new case of measles has been identified in a visitor from Tonga. This case is unrelated to the previous cases notified in Victoria.
  • 56 cases of measles have been identified in Victoria this year. The most recent cases were infectious while attending public sites across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
  • 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, or are unsure of their vaccination history, regardless of Medicare status. There is no need to check serology beforehand.
  • Anyone planning overseas travel should ensure they have received vaccinations appropriate to travel.
  • For additional information and resources please go to the measles incident page at

Read the full alert: New measles case identified in Victoria

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