Measles alert for Perth and Midwest

13 September 2023

Western Australians in Perth and the Midwest should be alert to the risk of measles following a confirmed case.

Measles on a child

People  who visited the locations below are advised remain vigilant for the onset of symptoms for the next three weeks:

  • Royal Mail Hotel, Meekatharra on Sunday 3 September between 5.45pm and 8pm
  • Spud shed Kelmscott on Monday 11 September between 12.15pm and 1.15pm
  • Bunnings Armadale on Monday 11 September between 12.45 and 1.30pm

For a the most up to date list of exposure locations view the Health alert: Measles (external site).

Measles is a serious and highly contagious viral illness spread when infected people cough and sneeze. Being in the same room in, or soon after, someone with measles can result in infection in people who are not immune.

There is no current or ongoing risk of acquiring measles from visiting these venues – potential exposure to measles occurred only on the dates and times specified.

However, every measles case is treated as a public health emergency because of the risk of local spread.

What are the symptoms of measles?

People with measles typically develop symptoms approximately 10 days after being exposed to the virus, but this can vary from 7 to 18 days. 

Early symptoms include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • runny nose and sore eyes
  • followed by a red blotchy rash 3 or 4 days later. 

The rash usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

Measles is contagious for about 4 days before and after the development of the rash.

Anyone who has had a potential exposure to measles, and who develops a fever with these other symptoms should see a doctor.

People who are concerned they may have measles and require medical advice after hours can contact healthdirect on 1800 022 222.

It is important to wear a mask and call ahead when travelling to a clinic or Emergency Department so people with measles can be isolated from infecting other patients and staff.