Measles cases detected in Victoria
Published at: 09 May 2019
Four cases of measles have been confirmed in Victorian residents recently with the closest case in Bendigo.
According to a statement from Victoria's chief health officer, all had travelled overseas recently but do not appear to be linked.
The latest cases are unrelated and are a woman in her 40s, and two men in their 30s and 40s. All are being treated and recovering in hospital.
In all instances, their illnesses were acquired overseas.
The acting chief health officer Dr Angie Bone has encouraged people to be alert for measles and said anyone who was unvaccinated was at the highest risk of contracting measles.
"People need to have received two doses of measles-containing vaccine to be fully protected. Many adults have only received one vaccine against measles and therefore most cases are in this age group," she said.
"Most people born before 1966 will have been exposed to measles in childhood, and therefore will be protected.
“There is a lot of measles circulating in our region currently, including much of South East and Southern Asia. All travellers need to be aware of this risk."
The latest cases may have been infectious whilst attending multiple public areas across the Ballarat region between Monday April 29 and Saturday May 4.
There was exposure at the following sites:
Monday April 29, 11.30am-3pm, Holiday and Cruise Centre, Sturt St, Ballarat
Monday April 29 to Friday May 3, 8.30am-9am each day, Munch & Lunch On Mair, Ballarat
Thursday May 2, 9am-10.30am, Bridge Mall, Ballarat
Thursday May 2, 3.30pm-5.30pm , Melbourne Airport, Terminal 2, Cebu Pacific, flight 5J49
Thursday May 2, 5pm-6pm, Holiday Inn Melbourne
Friday May 3, 6am-7am, Airport, reception
Friday May 2, 6am-8.40am, Melbourne Airport, Terminal 1, QF2015
Saturday May 4, 1.30pm-3pm, Coltman Plaza-Lucas Shopping Centre, Lucas