Let there be light
This weekend’s free Kaleidoscope festival in Joondalup starts tonight. What not to miss,
These include: Singapore Airlines Flight SQ 225 from Singapore to Perth, arriving at 5.15am; Perth International Airport arrivals area between 5.15am and 7am; and Various Jurien Bay shops in the afternoon or evening.
Director of communicable diseases Dr Paul Armstrong said public health staff had informed people potentially exposed to the most recent case where known, but it was not possible to identify and specifically warn people who were in public places.
“Unfortunately, it was not unusual for Australians, especially young adults, to be infected with measles overseas,” he said.
“Every imported measles case is treated as a public health emergency because of the risk of local spread – including to those most vulnerable to infection, such as infants too young to be vaccinated, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.
“With high vaccination coverage, naturally occurring measles has been eliminated from WA for around 20 years, but occasional cases and small outbreaks still occur, associated with tourists or WA residents who are infected overseas.
“People planning to travel overseas should make sure they have been appropriately vaccinated against measles and other vaccinepreventable diseases.”
Anyone with potential exposure to measles and who develops a fever with other symptoms – including cough, runny nose, sore red eyes and a rash – should consult their doctor.