Baby among the latest Vic measles patients
A baby is one of six people who get measles after contacting an infected overseas traveler in Victoria.
The Vietnamese tourist attended family events in Mornington and St. Kilda on May 4 and 5 before visiting Moonee Ponds, North Melbourne, Coburg and Mount Waverley.
It is the largest measles group in Victoria since March last year, when nine people contracted the disease, the health agency confirmed.
It is believed that people know each other because they have attended the same events, Acting Chief Health Officer Angie Bone said on Wednesday.
"All of these cases had fairly extensive contact with the community in Victoria in various suburbs," said Dr. Bone and asked others to pay attention to symptoms.
These six people visited Geelong, East Malvern, Chadstone, Noble Park, Hawthorn, Oakleigh, Mount Waverley, Fairfield, South Wharf, Armadale, Abbotsford, East Melbourne, Baxter, Frankston, Karingal and St. Kilda Road while they were contagious were.
More than 30 babies and toddlers who had contact with the child – who was too young to be vaccinated – received antibodies in a childcare facility on Wednesday to prevent the disease from developing, Dr. added Bone added.
In another case, a person diagnosed with measles this week after visiting Bendigo and Echuca is connected to another overseas traveler who visited in April.
"It is very likely that despite our efforts, we will have more cases," said Dr. Bone.
Symptoms of the disease include sore eyes, a runny nose, cough, rash, and fever. In the worst case, measles can lead to death.
This year measles was diagnosed in 22 people in Victoria.