Measles Warning For South East Melbourne Suburbs

Keep an eye out

20 February 2018

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The Department of Health and Human services are urging people in Dandenong and Melbourne’s south east to keep an eye out for symptoms of measles.

This comes after a man in his 40s is believed to have acquired a measles infection at Centrelink in Dandenong between January 22 and February 2.

The man visited a number of places in Melbourne’s south east while he was infectious – and as measules has an incubation period of up to 18 days those who have acquired the disease might not have symptoms until March 6.

Locations visited include: 

Thursday 8 February 2018 
- Centrelink Dandenong, 8am – 5pm 

Friday 9 February 2018 
- Centrelink Dandenong, 8am – 5pm 
- Mountain Gate Cricket Club, Ferntree Gully, 6 – 8pm 
- Dan Murphy’s Rowville, 8:30pm 

Saturday 10 February 2018 
- Fairhills High School basketball stadium, Knoxfield, 9.30 – 10.30am 
- Rowville Secondary College basketball stadium, Rowville, 2.30 – 3.30pm 

Sunday 11 February 2018 
- Belgrave Cricket Ground, 11.30am – 6.30pm 

Monday 12 February 2018 
- ABC Costume Hire, Wantirna South, 3 – 4pm 

The illness usually begins with common cold symptoms such as runny nose, red eyes and a cough, followed by fever and rash. The measles rash usually begins between three and seven days after the first symptoms.

Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that can cause serious illness, particularly in very young children and adults. People can develop pneumonia and other serious complications from the disease, and often need to be hospitalised. 

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