UPDATED: Measles alert for Melbourne after another confirmed case

baby measles outbreak

UPDATED: 17/5/18: Melbourne residents and those who visited the area recently are urged to be on the lookout for any signs or symptoms of measles, after another confirmed case.

An Australian born man in his 20s became infectious after returning from south-east Asia earlier this month and is currently being treated in hospital. Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton said the Melbourne man was not infectious on his return flight to Australia from Bangkok on May 4.

However, he may have been infectious while at a number of locations between
8 and 13 May 2018.

  • 8 May – Noble Park Aquatic Centre (7am to 4pm), Goodlife Dingley (6.30-7.30pm)
  • 9 May – Noble Park Aquatic Centre (7am to 4pm), Goodlife Chelsea Heights (5-6pm)
  • 10 May – Noble Park Aquatic Centre (7am to 4pm)
  • 11 May – Noble Park Aquatic Centre (7am to 4pm)
  • 12 May – Chez Dré café South Melbourne (10-11am), Westfield Fountain Gate, Narre Warren (1.30-3pm) (including YOMG burger restaurant)

UPDATED: 29/3/18:  Another baby who was too young to be vaccinated has been confirmed as one of the new victims. The Victorian Department of Health has now confirmed 10 cases of the highly infectious disease. There are eight adults, seven of whom were taken to hospital, and two infants.

The list of locations that people have attended while infectious has now blown out (see below), although people no longer need to avoid those areas. People who attended these sites at the same time as the infected people should continue to look out for symptoms of measles up to 18 days after exposure.

UPDATED: 27/3/18: A baby too young to be immunised is among six more cases of measles linked to a passenger who travelled to Melbourne on a flight earlier this month.

There were three previous cases of measles confirmed in Melbourne this month, which were likely to have contracted the disease overseas.

The ten cases visited several locations in and around Melbourne whilst infectious including:

  • Saturday, March 3 – Flinders Backpackers (Elizabeth Street, Melbourne), Flinders Street Railway Station, tram routes 16 and 96 to and from St Kilda.
  • Sunday, March 4 – Flinders Backpackers, Coles Central (Flinders and Elizabeth Street), McDonalds (Elizabeth Street).
  • Monday 5 March – Flinders Backpackers, Phillip Island: Nobbies Visitor Centre Café
  • Tuesday, March 6 – Flinders Backpackers, Westpac (Elizabeth Street), Medicare office (Galleria Shopping Centre, Bourke Street).
  • Wednesday, March 7 – Flinders Backpackers, multiple sites along the Great Ocean Road between Geelong and Warrnambool.
  • Wednesday, March 7 – AirAsia flight D7214 from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne and at Tullamarine Airport from 9.30am until midday.
  • Saturday 10 March – Qantas flight QF44 from Denpasar to Sydney arriving at 06.25am, Qantas flight QF415 from Sydney to Melbourne, arriving at 10.35am, Tullamarine Airport until midday and Lentil as Anything restaurant at Abbotsford Convent from 2pm until 3pm
  • Wednesday 14 March – Woolworths Kew from 12pm to 2.30pm
  • Friday, March 16 – Cardinia Life Leisure Centre, Pakenham 9.30pm until 11pm, Hotel Sorrento, Sorrento, 4pm until 5pm.
  • Saturday, March 17 – Collins Quarter, Collins Street, Melbourne 5.30pm until midnight, Bayside Shopping Centre 11am to 1pm.
  • Sunday, March 18 – Danny’s Coin Laundry, High Street, Thornbury from 7pm until 8.30pm, Tahini Restaurant, High Street, Northcote from 8pm until 9.30pm, Melbourne Airport Tullamarine International Departures 7.30pm until 1.30am (Monday, March 19).
  • Monday March 19 – La Trobe University, Bundoora campus from noon until 2pm, Amcal Pharmacy Echuca, from 1.30pm until 2.30pm, Woolworths Westfield Plenty Valley 3pm to 8.30pm, Collins Quarter, Collins Street, Melbourne 3pm until 7pm, ALDI Carrum Downs 3.30pm.
  • Tuesday, March 20 – Highpoint Shopping Centre 4.10pm to 5.30pm, Woolworths Lakeside Square Pakenham 3pm to 4pm, Chemist Warehouse, Plenty Road, Bundoora, from 4pm until 5pm, Pharmasafe Chemist Plenty Road, Watsonia, from 4pm until 5pm.
  • Wednesday, March 21 – Echuca College ‘Discovery night’ from 6pm to 7.30pm, IGA Watsonia, Watsonia Road, from 2pm until 3pm, ALDI Northland afternoon, La Spaghettata, Lygon Street, Carlton from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
  • Thursday, March 22 – Woolworths Echuca from 1pm to 2.30pm.
  • Friday, March 23 – Langwarrin Discount Pharmacy 10am.
  • Saturday, March 24 – Waterside Bar, Flinders Street, Melbourne 10pm to midnight.
  • Sunday, March  25 – The Classic Pizza House, Langwarrin 5pm.

See below for further information on measles symptoms.



UPDATED 19/3/18: A measles alert has been issued for passengers flying on two Qantas flights last weekend from Bali to Sydney then on to Melbourne after it was confirmed an adult traveller contracted the disease.

The man flew Qantas flight QF44 from Denpasar that arrived in Sydney at 6.25am on Saturday and QF415 which arrived at Melbourne Airport at 10.35am the same day. People who were at Melbourne Airport on Saturday, March 10, particularly around the domestic baggage collection area, who develop illness from now until Wednesday, April 4 should alert their doctor or hospital emergency department.

Anyone who visited several areas in Melbourne’s south and outer east is being urged to be on alert for measles symptoms, after a confirmed case.

The Department of Health has released a list of locations where the infected person contracted the disease or visited while infected.

Here’s what you need to know about the measles outbreak:

What you need to know early measles symptoms

Measles symptoms on toddler

Measles has an incubation period between 7 and 18 days (average 14 days from exposure to rash). Secondary cases may have symptoms start anytime from now until Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Who is at risk?

  • Children younger than five-years-old
  • Anyone with a chronic illness
  • Anyone who hasn’t been immunised

What are the symptoms?

  • First symptoms include fever (at least 38°C), a severe cough and conjunctivitis (sore, red eyes).
  • General discomfort, illness or lack of wellbeing (malaise)
  • Runny nose
  • Red and bluish spots inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)
  • Red and blotchy skin rash that appears first on the face and hairline, and then spreads to the body and usually lasts more than three days.

How does measles spread?

The virus is usually spread when someone swallows or inhales a cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person.

However, you can also catch it from touching surfaces that have been contaminated by someone who has the measles – the virus in mucus and saliva droplets stays alive for several hours.

If you’re concerned that you or your children may have been exposed, you can get more information from the Department of Health.