New case of measles in Perth

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PERTH residents are urged to be vigilant after another case of measles was reported.

People who travelled on Qantas flight QF 585 from Adelaide to Perth on Saturday May 5 are asked to be alert to an increased risk of the disease.

The flight departed Adelaide around 2 pm and arrived in Perth about 3.55 pm.

A young child who was on the flight has subsequently been confirmed to have measles, and would have been infectious to others on the plane.

There have now been 10 measles cases confirmed in Perth residents since mid-March, including four adults, five infants too young for vaccination, and one teenager.

WA Health Medical Epidemiologist Dr Gary Dowse said that eight of the 10 cases were infected while travelling overseas.

The imported cases have been infected in Bali, Thailand, India, Malaysia and Afghanistan.

“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,” Dr Dowse said.

“Every imported measles case is treated as a public health emergency because of the risk of local spread.”

See statement online for further information.

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