Measles exposure site at Woolworths Melbourne Square
A “high alert” has been issued after a measles case was detected in a returned overseas traveller who visited a Southbank supermarket on September 20.
Victoria’s Department of Health (DoH) confirmed the positive case visited Woolworths at Melbourne Square between 5pm to 7pm while infectious and is urging those who visited the store during this time to monitor the onset of symptoms up to Sunday October 8.
“Anyone who presents with signs and symptoms compatible with measles should be tested and notified to the DoH,” the department said.
There should be an especially high level of suspicion if they have travelled overseas or visited any the site listed above and are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated for measles.
According to the Department of Health, symptoms of measles include fever, severe cough, sore or red eyes (conjunctivitis) and runny nose (coryza), followed by a maculopapular rash usually starting on the face before spreading down the body. Symptoms can develop seven to 18 days after exposure.
“Anyone who develops symptoms of measles should seek medical care. Call the health service beforehand to advise that you have been exposed to measles and wear a mask,” it said.
Four cases of measles have been identified in Victoria since January.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can lead to uncommon but serious complications, such as pneumonia and brain inflammation (encephalitis).
The department said suspected cases should be tested, advised to isolate, and notified to the Department of Health immediately by calling 1300 651 160.
A free measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is available to all people born during or since 1966 who do not have documentation that they have received two doses of measles containing vaccines. •