Measles case in ACT

ACT Health has been notified of a case of measles. The individual acquired the infection on a recent overseas trip. No further cases linked to this one have been notified to ACT Health to date. Identified contacts are being followed up in line with national guidelines. Members of the public may also have been exposed to the case at the following locations:

ACT Health has been notified of a case of measles. The individual acquired the infection on a recent overseas trip. No further cases linked to this one have been notified to ACT Health to date.

Identified contacts are being followed up in line with national guidelines. Members of the public may also have been exposed to the case at the following locations:

  • Friday, 24 August 2018 - South.Point (Tuggeranong Hyperdome) - food court and Bags to Go store. 
  • Saturday 25 August 2018 - South.Point (Tuggeranong Hyperdome) - food court and Bags to Go store.
  • Sunday 26 August 2018 - Canberra Outlet Centre, Fyshwick - RM Williams and Canterbury stores.
  • Tuesday 28 August 2018, morning - South.Point (Tuggeranong Hyperdome) - Bags to Go store, Discount Drug Store and Woolworths.

People who attended these premises at these times should be aware for signs and symptoms of measles from now until 15 September 2018. Anyone with symptoms of measles who need to seek medical advice, should advise their health care provider before they arrive so that appropriate infection control precautions can be put in place to stop the spread of the infection.

The symptoms of measles may include fever, tiredness, runny nose, sore eyes and a cough, followed by a rash which appears 2-7 days later. People generally develop symptoms 7-18 days after being exposed to a person with infectious measles, with 10 days being more common.  People are infectious from 4 days before they develop a rash until 4 days after.

Measles is a serious disease and is highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised. This is a strong reminder that the best way to protect yourself is with two doses of the Measles Mumps Rubella vaccine (MMR).

For more information please see the media release and our measles fact sheet.

Page last updated on: 17 Oct 2018