Measles alert after a Western Australian was infected in the Philippines arrived in Perth last Friday, July 20, on flight SQ 215 from Singapore. Visited RPH as well as venues including the Rosemount Hotel

HEALTH authorities have issued a measles alert, after a West Australian who was infected in the Philippines visited several locations in Perth last weekend.The person arrived in Perth last Friday, July 20, on flight SQ 215 from Singapore and over the next 48 hours visited Royal Perth Hospital as well as several venues including the Rosemount Hotel.

WA Health Department medical advisor Paul Effler said it was a warning for people heading overseas to make sure they have been vaccinated against the measles.Dr Paul Effler said it was not unusual for Australians, especially young adults, to be infected with measles overseas.โ€œWith 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,โ€ Dr Effler said.

Every imported measles case was treated as a public health emergency because of the risk of local spread โ€“ including to those most vulnerable to infection, such as infants too young to be vaccinated, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.

Source: Health authorities issue measles alert after a Western Australian was infected in the Philippines | PerthNow