Attention footy fans. The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a new measles alert for Melbourne. And it includes the hallowed MCG.
Fans who attended last week’s preliminary AFL final at the MCG should look out for signs of measles after doctors confirmed two Tigers fans have the disease.
The infected man and the woman visited a number of spots around Richmond, Victoria between 20 and 23 September, 2017. One of the fans also attended the preliminary AFL final between Richmond and GWS at the MCG last Saturday.
The measles alert now spans across the heart of Tiger town including train stations and pubs.
Locations on alert include:
- North Richmond and Southern Cross stations
- Murrumbeena and South Yarra Stations
- Wholesale Pharmacy, Balaclava
- Virgin Active Gym on Collins St and Collins Square, city
- Church St, Victoria St, Punt Rd and Swan St (Richmond)
- The Posty Bar (Richmond)
- The MCG during AFL preliminary final (Gate 5, Level 4, Section Q13, Row Y, Seat 12)
- The Carnegie area
Whether you’re a fan of the Tigers or the Crows, Deputy chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton has requested that people familiarise themselves with the symptoms of measles. Measles is very infectious and has an incubation period of up to 18 days, meaning those who may have been infected could show symptoms up until October 13.
“The illness usually begins with common cold symptoms such as runny nose, red eyes and a cough, followed by fever and rash,” he said. “Anyone developing symptoms is advised to ring ahead to their GP or hospital first and tell them that they have fever and a rash.”
For more information, please see our latest measles updates.