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Chief Health Officer Alert: Measles

May 23, 2017

Status: Active
Date issued: 22 May 2017
Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Deputy Chief Health Officer, Victoria
Issued to: General practitioners and hospital emergency departments

Key messages
• There is a confirmed case of measles in a person who was infectious while on flight GA716 from Jakarta to Melbourne, departing Jakarta at 23.55 on Friday, 12 May 2017 and arriving at Tullamarine at 09.20 on Saturday, 13 May 2017.
• The case has travelled internationally recently and acquired the infection in Indonesia.
• Be alert for measles in patients presenting with a fever at rash onset, particularly associated with international travel.
• Isolate suspected cases to minimise the risk of transmission within your department/practice.
• Notify the Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Section at the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 651 160 of suspected cases immediately.
• Take blood for measles serology in all suspected cases.
• Discuss whether to take nose and throat swabs for PCR with the department if your suspicion for measles is high. Approval is required prior to PCR testing at the reference laboratory. PCR testing for measles does not attract a Medicare rebate.

More information
Read the full alert on health.vic
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