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15-12-2014

The Health Department issued a warning regarding measles after a man who contracted measles in Bali, travelled to Fremantle, about the southern suburbs, the Domestic Airport and two food outlets between December 3rd and December 9th whilst  infectious for measles.

A list of dates, times and places is available on the Department of Health's website.

Those born after 1966 who have not had two dose of the measles vaccine are at risk.

The first symptoms of measles are tiredness, runny nose, cough and red sore eyes. These symptoms last for a few days before a red blotchy rash appears, the rash starts on the face over 1-2 days and spreads down the body, lasting 4-7 days.

If it is less than 3 days since coming into contact with the measles virus, the MMR vaccine can prevent the infection.

If it is more than 3 days and less than 7 days, immunoglobulin can protect from the infection, particularly for those at risk for the serious complications of measles infection.

A blood test or samples from the nose or throat can confirm a diagnosis.

There is no specific treatment , rest, fluids and paracetamol are advised for the symptoms.

Those planning a holiday to Bali or overseas who were born after 1966 or who have not been immunized are advised to see their GP for a MMR vaccine before they leave.

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