Australia: 3 new measles cases reported in Victoria


by NewsDesk Lord, save her

The Victoria Department of Health It reported that three new cases of measles had been identified in Victoria in travelers returning abroad. Two of these related cases were infectious during the return flight from Singapore to Melbourne.

Contact tracing is underway and passengers on this flight are being contacted.

There have now been 5 reported cases of measles in Victoria since 1 January 2022.

Anyone showing signs and symptoms consistent with measles should be tested and notified to the department. There should be a particularly high level of suspicion if they have traveled abroad or visited any of the areas listed above and have not been vaccinated or partially vaccinated against measles.

Who is at risk?

Those born during or after 1966 Those with no documented evidence of receiving two doses of a measles-containing vaccine or no documented evidence of immunity are at risk.

Unvaccinated infants are at particular risk of contracting measles. Infants younger than six months of age can receive the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine before traveling abroad to countries where measles is endemic, or where measles is common. The first dose of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is usually given at 12 months of age National immunization program schedule (nip). If an infant receives an early dose of MMR vaccine (eg at 8 months) before traveling abroad, he or she should still receive their routine doses at 12 months and 18 months in line with the NIP schedule. The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is free for children ages 6 to 12 months who travel to areas with measles.

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Clinical manifestations of measles include prodromal fever, severe cough, conjunctivitis and coryza, followed by a maculopapular rash usually starting on the face. It is important to keep in mind that the initial symptoms of measles may be similar to those of COVID-19 and influenza. If a symptomatic patient has a negative result for COVID-19 and/or a flu test, they should continue to isolate and be tested for measles if they develop a rash.

People with measles are likely to be contagious from about five days before the rash appears to four days afterward.

Measles is highly contagious and can persist in the environment for up to two hours.

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