Measles incidence up in four states

GPs have been urged to be on the lookout for cases of measles, with the illness reported from four states this month.

The Tasmanian and Victorian health departments say more presentations are anticipated following three recent secondary cases.

A 26-year-old woman contracted measles on a Malaysia to Melbourne flight on 1 April before travelling to Devonport via the Spirit of Tasmania on 12 to 15 April and being diagnosed in Burnie.

“We expect secondary cases to arise from this case,” the director of public health in Tasmania wrote in an alert to GPs.

Victoria’s chief health officer issued an alert on 16 April, saying three other people on the same flight had since developed measles and more cases were expected.

Queensland has had two locally acquired cases in March/April and NSW has had one case in April after a spate of 29 cases in February/March.

Figures from the National Notifiable Diseases