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Victoria records first case of measles in more than two years



The first case of measles in more than two years has been recorded in Victoria.

A woman in her 30s has been diagnosed with the highly infectious viral disease after returning from an overseas trip.

She developed symptoms on Sunday, June 12 while she was in New South Wales, according to the Victorian Department of Health.

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As a precaution, four locations the woman visited in Victoria and New South Wales have been deemed as public exposure sites.

Anyone who visited the Culcairn Ampol Station on the Olympic Highway in NSW between 12-12.35pm on Sunday or the Astor Hotel in Albury between 12.30-3pm on Sunday should monitor for symptoms.

People who were at Geelong's Justin Lane restaurant between 12.30-3pm on Monday or in the food court at DFO Southwharf in Melbourne between 12.20-1.05pm on Tuesday are also advised to be vigilant for measles symptoms.

The illness usually begins with common cold symptoms such as runny nose, red eyes and a cough, followed by fever and a rash.

The characteristic measles rash usually begins 3-7 days after the first symptoms, generally starting on the face and then spreading to the rest of the body.

People with measles can develop pneumonia and other serious complications from the disease, and often need to be hospitalised.

This is the first case of measles in Victoria since March 2020, with previous cases of the disease in the state seen in people who are not fully immunised and who have travelled overseas or been in contact with returned international travellers.

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