Measles alert for Bunbury

Staff reportersSouth Western Times
People who suspect they might have measles need to call an emergency department ahead of time.
Camera IconPeople who suspect they might have measles need to call an emergency department ahead of time.

Bunbury residents need to be alert for measles symptoms, after a person who visited several public places in Bunbury and Perth recently had the disease.

The Department of Health has issued a warning to anyone who was at Perth Airport on the morning of Tuesday, October 8, and anyone who took a TransWA bus from East Perth to Bunbury.

Any Bunbury residents who visited Terry White Chemist on Wednesday, October 9 and Woolworths Bunbury Plaza on Monday, October 14, need to remain vigilant.

The recent case is not related to the cluster of cases in the south of Perth but is following the return of a WA resident from holiday in Thailand.

According to the department the highly contagious disease can be spread when an infected person coughs and sneezes.

Symptoms develop about 10 to 18 days after exposure and include fever, a cough, runny nose and eyes, followed by a red blotchy rash three or four days later.

Anyone who may have measles should call a clinic or Emergency Department so that they can be isolated from infecting other patients and staff.

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

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails