A measles alert has been issued for parts of Melbourne’s southeast, after a man became infectious following a trip to southeast Asia.
The man, aged in his 20s, is being treated in hospital after returning from Bangkok on May 4, Victorian health authorities say.
He was not infectious during the return flight but may have been while visiting the following locations:
- May 8 – Noble Park Aquatic Centre 7am to 4pm, Goodlife Health Club Dingley 6.30-7.30pm.
- May 9 – Noble Park Aquatic Centre 7am to 4pm, Goodlife Health Club Chelsea Heights 5-6pm.
- May 10 – Noble Park Aquatic Centre 7am to 4pm.
- May 11 – Noble Park Aquatic Centre 7am to 4pm.
- May 12 – Chez Dré café South Melbourne 10-11am, Westfield Fountain Gate, Narre Warren 1.30-3pm (including YOMG burger restaurant).
Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton said the illness “usually begins with common cold symptoms such as runny nose, red eyes and a cough, followed by fever and rash”.
“The characteristic measles rash usually begins 3-7 days after the first symptoms, generally starting on the face and then spreading to the rest of the body,” he said.
“Anyone developing symptoms is advised to ring ahead to their general practitioner or hospital first and tell them that they may have measles so that appropriate steps can be taken to avoid contact with other patients.”
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Dr Sutton added most cases of the illness in Victoria were linked to international travel.
Anyone who is unvaccinated is at risk of contracting measles with adults aged between 26 and 52 more likely due to lower immunisation coverage.