Vic reports measles case, exposure sites

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Victoria has recorded its first measles case in two years in a returned overseas traveller who passed through NSW.

The woman, aged in her 30s, developed symptoms on Sunday while in NSW and immediately sought medical attention.

It is the first case of measles detected in the state since March 2020, the Victorian health department confirmed on Friday.

Four public exposure sites have been identified in Victoria and NSW, including a service station in Culcairn, a pub in Albury, a restaurant in Geelong and Melbourne's DFO South Wharf.

People who attended those sites at specific times from Sunday to Tuesday are advised to monitor for symptoms for two weeks after exposure and seek medical care if they develop.

Measles is a highly infectious disease and can cause serious illness, including to very young children and adults with weakened immune systems.

People can develop pneumonia and other serious complications from the disease and often need to be hospitalised.

The illness usually begins with common cold symptoms such as a runny nose, red eyes and a cough, followed by fever and a rash.

A measles rash usually begins to appear three to seven days after the first symptoms, generally starting on the face and then spreading to the rest of the body.

POSSIBLE MEASLES EXPOSURE SITES

* Ampol service station in Culcairn, from 12pm-12.35pm, June 12

* Astor Hotel in Albury, 12.30pm-3pm, June 12

* Justin Lane restaurant in Geelong, 12.30pm-3pm, June 13

* Rice Work outlet at Melbourne's DFO South Wharf, 12.20pm-1.05pm, June 14.

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