Measles cases trigger alert

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Visitors to Coles Plaza on Friday February 1 should be alert to measles symptoms developing.
Camera IconVisitors to Coles Plaza on Friday February 1 should be alert to measles symptoms developing. Credit: Laurie Benson

Health authorities are warning people in the Great Southern after further cases of measles have been confirmed.

People in the area are being asked to be alert to developing measles symptoms until mid-February following a confirmation of two further cases of measles.

WA Country Health said exposure in Albany occurred in the Albany Plaza shopping precinct on Friday, February 1 from 11am to 1pm.

Exposure in Katanning occurred on the Australia Day long weekend and, in particular, those attending Woolworths on Saturday, January 26, from 1 to 2 pm.

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Measles is rarely seen in the Great Southern, due to immunity from high vaccination coverage, but it is brought into Australia by residents or visitors who were infected overseas.

Measles is a serious and highly contagious viral illness spread by tiny droplets released when infected people cough and sneeze.

People with measles typically develop symptoms approximately 10 days after being exposed to the virus, but this can be up to 18 days.

Early symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and sore eyes, followed by a red blotchy rash three or four days later.

Anyone who thinks they may have measles should call ahead to a clinic or hospital emergency department so that they can be isolated.

This measure will help prevent them from infecting other patients and staff when they arrive to receive medical attention.

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