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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.

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