Measles outbreak in Brunswick area

The Department of Health and Human Services has been notified of four confirmed cases of measles in adult individuals who reside in the Brunswick area.

To date, no common exposure sites for the cases have been identified and in all cases the disease has been acquired locally with no history of overseas travel. This constitutes a community outbreak with local transmission. All cases visited public areas in Brunswick and other inner Melbourne areas while they were infectious between 29 January and 9 February 2016.

Key Messages

  • GP clinics and emergency departments should consider the possibility of any person who is susceptible to measles and develops a compatible illness, particularly if they reside or have spent time in the Brunswick area
  • Be alert for measles in patients who present with fever and a rash, or with a prodome after an established exposure
  • Minimise the risk of transmission within your department/practice through immediate isolation of suspected cases
  • Notify Communicable Disease Prevention and Control at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) of suspected and confirmed cases immediately on 1300 651 160

Please visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for more information.

Information sourced from the DHHS 9 February 2016