WA measles alert: New locations visited by infected returned traveller released by WA Department of Health
The WA Department of Health has released an updated list of locations visited by a returned traveller infected with measles.
The traveller, who was infected overseas, took public transport on a number of occasions and visited several venues around Perth while they were infectious between Friday, April 7 and Thursday, April 13.
The new locations include Woolworths Subiaco and Connections Nightclub on Saturday, April 8, Atlas Food and Coffee on Monday, April 10 and and Priceline Pharmacy in Subiaco and Wednesday, April 12.
All known contacts who may have been exposed to the viral illness are being notified.
“Measles is a serious and highly contagious viral illness spread by tiny droplets released when infected people cough and sneeze,” the Health Department’s director of communicable diseases Paul Armstrong said.
“Children and adults without measles immunity who were inadvertently exposed during this period are at risk of being infected and should be vigilant for the onset of symptoms.”
Generally, people infected with measles show symptoms after 10 days, however this can range from seven to 18 days in some cases.
Early symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and sore eyes, followed by a red blotchy rash three or four days later. The rash usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body, the Health Department said.
Dr Armstrong said anyone who was potentially exposed to measles and developed a fever with these early symptoms should see a doctor.
“It is important to call ahead before travelling to a clinic or Emergency Department so that they can isolate you from infecting other patients and staff when you arrive,” he said.
All measles cases are treated as a public health emergency due to the risk of local spread and the potentially severe nature of the disease, the Health Department said.
Anyone who visited the locations listed above or caught a train or bus on the following dates, times and routes are asked to be vigilant for symptoms.
- Friday 7 April at 2.45pm — Subiaco to Perth Station.
- Friday 7 April at 10.30pm — Perth to Subiaco Station.
- Saturday 8 April at 2.10pm — Subiaco to Mosman Park Station.
- Saturday 8 April at 3.20pm — Mosman Park to Subiaco Station.
- Saturday 8 April at 9.30pm — Subiaco to Perth Station.
- Sunday 9 April at 2.45pm — Subiaco to Perth Station.
- Sunday 9 April at 10.30pm — Perth to Subiaco Station.
- Monday 10 April at 10.45am — Subiaco to City West Station.
- Monday 10 April at 2.45pm — Subiaco to Perth Station.
- Monday 10 April at 10.30pm — Perth to Subiaco Station.
- Tuesday 11 April at 2.30pm — the 590 bus from Unihall (UWA) to Elizabeth Quay Bus Station.