On Wednesday last week, four cases of measles were confirmed in Victoria. Now a new, unrelated case has been confirmed in an overseas traveller, a 30-year-old man who is currently recovering in a hospital in Vietnam. It’s the 14th case reported in Victoria this year.
The individual visited Melbourne Airport on May 2 between 8am and 10am, Woodlands Hotel in Coburg on May 2 between 7.30pm and 11pm, The Mornington Hotel during the day and Counting House Bar and Grill between 8.30pm and 11pm on May 3, The Mornington Hotel from morning until 2pm on May 4 and from morning until 2pm on May 5, Quest Serviced Apartments in St Kilda from 2pm until midnight on May 5 and morning until 10.30am on May 6, Priceline Pharmacy in Williamstown between 4pm and 5pm on May 6, and Melbourne Airport on May 7 between 8.30am and 11am.
“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,” says Victoria’s acting chief health officer Dr Angie Bone.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends Victorians check their measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) is up to date and stay alert for symptoms.
Health Victoria advises people who have visited any of the above locations to look out for a rash, fever, severe cough and conjunctivitis. If symptomatic, avoid contact with others where possible and make your way to your local GP or hospital.
More information on measles can be found at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au.