The measles virus makes an appearance at La Trobe

28 March 2018

Written by: Haj Songcuya

According to a mass email from LTU, the measles virus made an appearance in Agora adding to its growing effect on Melbourne

The Department of Health and Human Services cautioned that a student infected with measles visited La Trobe’s Melbourne campus on March 19.

The student was in the Agora at the time and attended a School of Psychology and Public Health session on campus at 12pm.

The university sent an email on March 27 to advise all staff and students regarding the incident and details of the virus.

The department warned that symptoms may surface 7-18 days after exposure and that it may develop up until 6 April 2018.

Early symptoms include heavy colds, runny nose, sneezing, fever, dry cough, conjunctivitis and a facial rash.

Measles is on the rise after an outbreak occurred where six new cases were tracked from an Australian man in his 40s on AirAsia flight D7214 from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne on March 7, ABC News reports.

He became ill on flight and went to hospital immediately after where he was diagnosed.

It is believed that the virus spread on the airport’s baggage collection and amongst the infected was a baby who could not yet be immunised and five adults.

Due to the widespread use of the vaccine, measles is currently uncommon in Australia. However, most cases of measles in Victoria are connected to international travel according to ABC News.

Measles is highly contagious and can linger in airspace for two hours where the infected person has coughed or sneezed.