Measles Victoria: Geelong alert at Justin Lane restaurant

A person infected with measles visited a popular Geelong venue, prompting a warning from authorities.

The first measles case recorded in Victoria in two years visited a Geelong restaurant while infectious, authorities have revealed.

Deputy chief health officer Associate Professor Deborah Friedman confirmed a new measles case had been recorded in Victoria.

The infected person recently returned from traveling in the United Kingdom and Italy and is the first case of measles recorded in Victoria since March 2020.

The Department of Health listed four exposure sites – including Justin Lane restaurant in Brougham St, Geelong.

The listed exposure period is from 12.30-3pm on Monday, June 13. Anyone who attended the restaurant during that period is urged to monitor for symptoms until July 1.

The other exposure sites were in Melbourne and New South Wales.

“Anyone who presents with signs and symptoms with measles should be tested and notified to the department,” the warned department compatible.

“There should be an especially high level of suspicion if they have traveled overseas or visited any of the areas listed above and are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated for measles.”

Prof Friedman urged anyone born during or since 1966 who does not know if they have been vaccinated against measles-mumps-rubella to receive their vaccination.

“Anyone developing symptoms that may be consistent with measles should seek medical care, wearing a mask and calling ahead to make sure they can be isolated from others,” the department warned

“Be aware that the initial symptoms of measles are similar to that of Covid and influenza. If a patient has a negative Covid test, but develops a rash, consider measles.”

For more information visit health.vic.gov.au.

Originally published as Measles warning after case visited Geelong

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