20 March 2019

Measles alert following a case in City of Bayswater

Parents of young children in Morley and surrounding suburbs are being asked to be alert to the risk of measles following a confirmed measles illness in a baby who visited the Morley Library in the City of Bayswater last week. 

Children and adults may have been exposed to measles if they attended the Morley Library on Tuesday, 12 March, between 9:25am and 11am.  This exposure particularly relates to those parents and children who attended Rhyme Time or Story Time on that day.

Individuals should be alert for the symptoms of measles from 19–30 March 2019 if they were present at the Morley Library during this time.  Morley Library will postpone Rhyme Time and Story Time until after 30 March to minimise the risk of further exposures at the library.

People who are concerned they or their child may have measles should seek advice from Metropolitan Communicable Disease Control on 9222 8588 during office hours or call HealthDirect Australia on 1800 022 222 after hours, and avoid going to public places.

Measles is a serious and highly contagious viral illness spread by tiny droplets released when infected people cough and sneeze.  Early symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and sore eyes, followed by a red blotchy rash three or four days later.  Up to one-third of people infected with measles will experience a complication.  This can include ear infections, pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain) which may require hospitalisation.

Anyone who is concerned that they or their child may have measles and wishes to seek medical attention, should ensure they call the facility ahead to alert them of their risk of measles, so that they may be isolated and do not wait in the waiting room with other patients.  

Parents are urged to make sure their children receive their measles vaccinations on schedule. Measles vaccine is currently given to children at 12 and 18 months of age.  Older children and adults who have had two documented doses of measles vaccine are considered immune to measles.  Persons born before 1966 are also considered immune to measles because they have likely had the illness as a child.  If anyone is not sure if they have had two doses of measles vaccine, they should see their doctor or vaccination provider.

To learn more about measles, visit the HealthyWA website (external site).


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