Christmas shoppers have been urged to watch out for measles symptoms.
A woman recently diagnosed with the disease spent time in Melbourne city while infectious.
The woman, suspected of picking up the illness overseas, went shopping in Brunswick and the CBD while infectious on Wednesday and Thursday last week, Victoria’s deputy chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton said, reports 9 news.
She went shopping in Myer, David Jones and H&M at Bourke St Mall, Cotton On at DFO Southern Cross department, and visited Woolworths and Coles in Barkly Square.
She travelled on tram route no. 19 on both days.
Dr Sutton said it’s likely the woman’s case is isolated as it’s believed she picked up the illness overseas, but urged anyone presenting with symptoms of the viral disease to see their GP.
“Measles has an incubation period of up to 18 days so those at risk of measles, who visited these locations, might show symptoms up until December 18,” Dr Brett Sutton said.
“The illness usually begins with common cold symptoms such as runny nose, red eyes and a cough, followed by fever and rash.
The characteristic measles rash usually begins three to seven days after the first symptoms, generally starting on the face and then spreading to the rest of the body.
“Anyone developing symptoms is advised to ring ahead to their GP or hospital first and tell them that they have fever and a rash.”
In September the Health Department issued an urgent measles alert as the outbreak spread across three states of Australia. Read more here.