Health officials in Victoria have issued a measles alert after three cases were confirmed in Melbourne. According to the alert issued by Deputy Chief Health Officer for Communicable diseases, Dr Brett Sutton today, two confirmed cases were infectious while at a number of places across Melbourne between September 6 and September 13.
One case acquired their illness in Victoria from an unknown source; one case may have acquired illness in Victoria or overseas.
These cases may have acquired their infection in the following locations: Metro Trains (Armadale to Southern Cross), Collins Street CBD, St Kilda Road Armadale, St Kilda Library. People who attended these locations between August 20 and September 1 may already be unwell with measles.
These cases also attended numerous locations around Melbourne and in Ballarat, where they may have exposed others: Metro Trains and stations (Armadale to Southern Cross), Collins Street, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Ikea Richmond, Ballarat. People who attended these locations between September 6 and September 13 may be at risk of developing measles.
The third case acquired measles in Romania and was infectious while on flight QR222 departing Romania (Bucharest) on 12 September via Doha Qatar, arriving Melbourne on 13 September on flight QR904.
Health officials say children or adults born during or since 1966 who do not have documented evidence of receiving two doses of a measles-containing vaccine or do not have documented evidence of immunity are considered to be susceptible to measles. People who are immunocompromised are also at risk.
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