CHO Health Alert - New measles case identified in Victoria

CHO Health Alert - New measles case identified in Victoria

15 January, 2020

Status: Active

Date issued: 14 January 2020

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 returned traveller from Italy. 
  • This is the first case of measles identified in Victoria this year. This case was infectious while attending public sites in Geelong.
  • 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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