Half of measles cases missed

Doctors are misdiagnosing measles because they have never seen a case of the disease which is contributing to worsening outbreaks, infectious disease specialists say.

Some children infected during a 2014 measles outbreak at a Melbourne primary school were seen by up to five different doctors before the disease was diagnosed, a review has found.

Clinicians at Victoria’s Health Protection Branch found that poor identification of measles, delayed diagnosis and notification were key factors in Victoria’s worst outbreak, which started with an imported case