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A measles outbreak among young adults in Victoria, February 2001

Davidson, Natasha, Andrews, Ross M., Riddell, Michaela, Leydon, Jennie, Lynch, Pauline and Outbreak Investigation Team (2002). A measles outbreak among young adults in Victoria, February 2001. Communicable Diseases Intelligence,26(2):273-278.

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Title A measles outbreak among young adults in Victoria, February 2001
Author Davidson, Natasha
Andrews, Ross M.
Riddell, Michaela
Leydon, Jennie
Lynch, Pauline
Outbreak Investigation Team
Journal Name Communicable Diseases Intelligence
Publication Date 2002
Volume Number 26
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1447-4514   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 273
End Page 278
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Government. Department of Health and Ageing. Office of Health Protection, Surveillance Branch
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract In January 2001 a 19-year-old Sydney resident, who had recently returned from India, visited Melbourne for 4 days while infectious with measles. A further 50 measles cases were subsequently identified, mainly among young adults. Thirty-eight cases (75%) were in the same birth cohort (born between 1968 and 1981). This cohort was identified as being at high risk of measles infection after a previous outbreak in Victoria involving 75 cases. These individuals are now aged between 20 and 33 years. A high proportion of cases, 22 (43%) were hospitalised after multiple visits to various healthcare providers. None of the cases had documentation of receiving the recommended number of doses of measles-containing vaccine for their age. Repeated outbreaks clearly demonstrate that young adults remain the group at highest risk of measles infection in Victoria. More targeted strategies for young adults and healthcare workers are required to better protect these groups against measles.
Keywords Measles
Young adults
Additional Notes Current title: Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report (ISSN: 1447-4514 (print) 1445-4866 (online))
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