WA measles: Perth and Midwest residents should check for symptoms after Bali traveller returned with disease

A traveller returning from Bali has triggered a health alert in WA after they visited a hotel and shops while infected with measles.

The Department of Health has raised the alarm after the person who was infected while overseas, received care at a Perth hospital and spent time in Perth and the Midwest while infectious.

The Health Department’s communicable diseases acting director Jelena Maticevic said public health staff were contacting people who were exposed, if they are known.

“Measles is a highly contagious viral illness and anyone who has had a potential exposure to measles and who develops symptoms of measles should see a doctor,” she said.

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

“It is important to wear a mask and call ahead before presenting at a clinic or Emergency Department so that they can isolate you from infecting other patients and staff when you arrive,” Dr Maticevic said.

People who have visited an exposure location at listed below should be vigilant for symptoms 18 days from the exposure date.

  • Sunday September 3: 5.45pm to 8pm — Royal Mail Hotel, Meekathara
  • Monday September 11: 12.15pm to 1.15pm — Spud Shed, Kelmscott
  • Monday September 11: 12.45pm to 1.30pm — Bunnings, Armadale

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