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The importance of molecular testing to confirm measles, mumps and rubella in immunised individuals

David J Speers and Gary K Dowse
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (6): 297-298. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01413
Published online: 6 April 2015

To the Editor: Despite high vaccination coverage, Australians remain at risk of measles, mumps and rubella, either while travelling to endemic countries or from domestic exposure to imported cases. Those most at risk include incompletely vaccinated adults and children whose parents choose not to have them vaccinated. Additionally, immunity generated by vaccination (rather than natural infection) may be less protective, especially if only one vaccine dose is received.1,2

  • David J Speers1
  • Gary K Dowse2

  • 1 PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, Perth, WA.
  • 2 Department of Health, Western Australia, Perth, WA.


Acknowledgements: 

We thank the clinicians and laboratory and public health staff involved in the diagnosis, testing and follow-up of these cases.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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