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Melbourne measles outbreak spread: another confirmed case in Brunswick

February 25, 2016
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14329622976_2ae10f5741_zA Brunswick woman in her 30s has become the 15th confirmed case of measles, in an outbreak of the highly infectious viral disease that continues to spread through Melbourne’s north, northwest and east.

A Health Department spokesman revealed the tally rose to 15 overnight after authorities were notified of the woman’s condition.  It comes on the back of five new confirmed cases on Tuesday and five the day before.

A Footscray West Primary School student suspected of contracting the measles infection yesterday has since been cleared.

A group of 21 un-vaccinated children have been banned from attending Princes Hill Primary School until next month after two students, both believed to have been un-vaccinated, tested positive to measles.

They were among the five cases on Tuesday, which also included three adults, two from the inner north where the outbreak started, and the third, which was the first reported case in Melbourne’s east.

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Published by: The Age, 24/02/2016