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WA measles alert

19 April 2018

Western Australians are urged to be alert to an increased risk of measles, following notification of four additional cases in the past week. 

Red blotchy measles rash

There have now been nine measles cases confirmed in Perth residents since mid-March, including four adults, four infants too young for vaccination, and one teenager.

 People could have been exposed to the most recent cases at the following locations in Perth, with dates/times as indicated:

  • Perth International Airport arrivals area on the afternoon of Friday 30 March
  • St John Medical (Apollo Health) in Cannington during the early afternoon of Saturday 31 March
  • Joondalup train line from Clarkson to Leederville and return (morning and afternoon) on Tuesday 3 April
  • Quinns Mindarie Super Clinic in Quinns Rocks around midday on Friday 6 April
  • Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department on the evening of Saturday 7 April, the morning of Thursday 12 April, and during the early afternoon of  Sunday 15 April
  • St Luke Medical Centre in Karrinyup during late mornings of Tuesday 10 April and Wednesday 11 April
  • Joondalup Hospital Emergency Department on Monday 9 April (mid-afternoon) and Friday 13 April (mid-morning to late afternoon)
  • Craigie Medical Centre in Craigie on Wednesday 11 April in the early evening
  • Mead Medical in Forrestfield mid-morning on Saturday 14 April
  • Hale Road Medical in Forrestfield around midday on Sunday 15 April

In addition, travellers could have been exposed on the following Malindo Air flights

  • flight OD 272 , departing Amritsar, India on 29 March  at 22:30, arriving in Kuala Lumpur on 30 March 2018, around 07:00 
  • flight OD 151, departing Kuala Lumpur on 30 March around 08:25, arriving in Perth on 30 March around 14:10.

Measles is a serious and highly contagious viral illness spread by tiny droplets released when infected people cough and sneeze.

Anyone who thinks they may have measles should call ahead and mention their possible contact with measles so they can be isolated when they arrive at the GP surgery or Emergency Department, to prevent infecting other patients and staff.

Early symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and sore eyes, followed by a red blotchy rash about three days later. The rash usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

Measles is contagious for about four days before and after the development of the rash. Children and adults who have been unwittingly exposed are at risk of developing measles if they are not immune. 

Learn more about measles.