Measles in Australia

Ongoing molecular epidemiological analysis and genetic characterisation of measles cases throughout Australia in collaboration with State Reference Laboratories facilitates the monitoring of measles transmission in Australia.

A retrospective study of archived measles strains 1975-1998 provided important insights into the epidemiology of measles in Victoria and, by implication, Australia, through a period that spanned the introduction of measles vaccination.
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Enhanced measles surveillance and serological surveys in Victoria and Australia have identified young adults aged 20 – 35 years as currently the most susceptible group for measles infection in Australia.