Baby’s measles diagnosis prompts Perth warning

Mother nursing sick child At Home
Mother nursing sick child At Home

PARENTS of young children in Morley are being warned of a risk of measles following the confirmed diagnosis of the disease in a baby.

The Department of Health says children and adults may have been exposed after the youngster visited Morley Library in the City of Bayswater.

Parents and children who attended Rhyme Time or Story Time at the library on March 12 between 9.25am and 11am may have been exposed.

Anyone who was at the library during that time is being urged to be alert for symptoms to the disease.

Visitors to the library outside this date and time are at no risk of contracting measles.

Morley Library will postpone Rhyme Time and Story Time until after March 30 to minimise the risk of further exposures.

Measles is a highly infectious acute viral illness.

It can be a serious infection in small children, and people with chronic diseases and/or immune problems.

The first symptoms of measles are fever, runny nose, cough, sore eyes and feeling very unwell.

The rash usually appears four days later and often starts on the face, before spreading to the rest of the body.

Occasionally measles has very serious complications such as pneumonia or inflammation of the brain.

If you have any concerns please call the Department of Health on 9222 8588 during office hours.