Department of Health issues measles alert, says it will contact people who had been exposed ‘where known’
West Australians are being warned to stay “alert to the risk of measles” after a child spent time in the community while infectious with the disease.
The Department of Health issued the alert on Saturday, saying it was contacting people who had been exposed “where they are known”.
The child was treated at a Perth hospital and had spent time in the community while infectious.
Two exposure sites have been listed for those who were at Spudshed Ellenbrook on Monday between 4.30pm and 5.45pm and Chemist Warehouse in Ellenbrook between 4.15pm and 5pm, also on Monday.
Director of Communicable Diseases Clare Huppatz said measles was highly contagious and anyone who has potentially been exposed and develops symptoms should see a doctor.
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,” she said.
“While there is no ongoing risk of measles at (the exposure) locations, anyone who has visited one of the exposure locations at the same time as the case should monitor for symptoms and see a doctor if symptoms develop.”
The Department said every measles case was treated as a “potential public health emergency because of the risk of local spread and the potentially severe nature of the disease”.
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