After confirming the fifth case of measles this week, Victorian health authorities are now concerned an outbreak could be imminent.
All five affected people were in regional Victoria or in contact with people who had been in regional Victoria before becoming infected.
None had recently travelled overseas.
The news of the measles outbreak in Victoria comes following a major breakout in February. Post continues…
The highly contagious airborne virus can be spread through coughing, sneezing and the sharing of food and drinks.
Symptoms generally include a fever, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, coughing, lethargy, diarrhoea, sore eyes and later, a red rash that spreads across the body.
Once infected, people are contagious from four days prior to the rash appearing, and for a further four days after the rash has appeared.