Measles outbreak: Four new cases confirmed as Melbourne outbreak worsens

Measles outbreak: Four new cases confirmed as Melbourne outbreak worsens

Measles outbreak: Four new cases confirmed as Melbourne outbreak worsens

Updated 1 October 2017, 13:35 AEDT

The number of confirmed measles cases in Melbourne climbs to 11 with four new cases identified.

Four new cases of measles have been confirmed in Melbourne with eight of the eleven cases identified in the past fortnight linked to a Docklands office building.

The Victorian Health Department said the cases were linked to the Collins Square building in Collins Street, Docklands, that houses commercial offices and a retail space.

Chief Health Officer, Charles Guest, said people who work in the area need to be aware of the symptoms of measles, including a runny nose, red eyes and a cough, followed by a fever and a rash.

Other cases have been linked to the AFL preliminary final at the MCG last weekend, Melbourne train stations and Melbourne Airport.

Measles has an incubation period of between seven and 18 days so those who were exposed might not develop symptoms until mid-October.

Other locations visited by those with confirmed cases of measles include:

  • September 20-22: Metro trains - North Richmond, Southern Cross, Murrumbeena and South Yarra Stations
  • September 22: The Australian Ballet's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at the State Theatre
  • September 23: MCG - AFL Preliminary Final (Gate 5, Level 4); Greville St, Prahran; Chapel St, Windsor; Maribyrnong Boathouse, The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds
  • September 24: Melbourne International Airport, Qantas Club Lounge (8am-10am); Qantas flight QF 29 to Hong Kong
  • K-Mart Moonee Ponds; DFO Essendon
  • September 20: Melbourne International Airport, Jetstar flight JQ 26, arriving from Denpasar

Measles is now uncommon in Australia because of the widespread use of the measles vaccine, however it is still a risk because the infection can be brought in by overseas travellers, such as those coming from Bali, where the disease is prevalent.