Swinburne University is the latest to be hit by the measles outbreak, currently spreading throughout Melbourne suburbs.
Fairfax media is reporting that two people linked to Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus in the inner east are among 15 of the confirmed cases of the highly infectious viral disease to emerge in the past two weeks.
However, a health department spokesman has confirmed that there are no new cases of measles that have been reported since Wednesday. The current tally of confirmed cases is now sitting at 15.
A warning letter was sent to all students and staff at Swinburne University on Tuesday advising them of the confirmed cases from the Hawthorn campus. The letter also urged readers to check their immunisation status and watch for signs and symptoms of the disease.
Parents at St Louis de Monfort’s Primary school in Aspendle were also alerted to a case of “suspected modified measles” in a note sent to all parents and staff from the school on Wednesday.
Reports have not confirmed the child’s illness, but nevertheless the school is erring on the side of caution following the medical advice it has received.
The measles outbreak has affected a range of Melbourne suburbs including Brunswick, Brunswick East, Brunswick and Preston. The majority of confirmed cases have been adults from the inner north.
Due to the widespread use of the measles vaccine, the disease is thankfully uncommon in Australia. However, the health department has issued a statement stating how important it is to continue immunising children because of the risk the infection can be brought in by overseas travellers.
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