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Measles alert issued for Perth Melbourne Cup racegoers

A measles alert has been issued for Perth, with Ascot Racecourse punters potentially exposed on Melbourne Cup Day.

The WA Health Department has warned West Australians could have been exposed to the disease at a number of popular spots, including Crown Casino, Westfield Carousel and a number of shopping and medical centres north of the river.

“Western Australians are being asked to be alert to the risk of measles, following three recently confirmed adults who contracted the disease while visiting the Joondalup Health Campus emergency department,” the department said in a statement.

“Two of the three persons are related.”

According to the Department, an adult who was infected by the disease while on holiday in Cambodia presented to the Joondalup Health Campus emergency department for treatment.

The Department has issued an alert for a number of popular Perth destinations below:

People may have been exposed to measles in the following shopping centres between Monday, October 29 and Thursday, November 8 at:

· Westfield Whitford City

· Lakeside Shopping Centre

· Ocean Keys Shopping Centre

· Aldi supermarket in Butler.

Additionally, people may have been exposed to measles at the Westfield Carousel shopping centre in Cannington on Saturday, November 3.

Exposure may also have occurred at Ascot Racecourse and Crown Casino Food Court on Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday, November 6.

People may have also been exposed to measles at the following medical services on these dates and times:

Craigie Medical Centre: Tuesday October 30 between 2-3.10 pm and Friday, November 2 between 2.45-4pm

Padbury Family Practice and co-located pathology service: Friday, November 2 between 4-5pm, Saturday, November 3 between 10-11.30am and Monday, November 5 between 11.10-12.45pm and 1.20-2.45pm

Alkimos Beach Medical Centre: Saturday, November 3 between 4.30-6pm

Connolly Drive Medical Centre: Wednesday, November 7 between 7.20-9am

“Unfortunately, it was not unusual for Australians, especially young adults, to be infected with measles while travelling overseas and to spread the disease to others,” Director of Communicable Diseases Dr Paul Armstrong said.

Anyone who has had a potential exposure to measles, and who develops a fever with other symptoms – including cough, runny nose, sore red eyes and a rash – should consult their doctor.

People with measles develop their symptoms approximately 10 days after being exposed to the virus, but this can vary from seven to 18 days.

Dr Armstrong said anyone who thinks they might have measles should call ahead so that they can be isolated when they arrive at the GP surgery or Emergency Department, to prevent infecting other patients and staff.

“Measles is contagious for about four days before and after the development of the rash. Children and adults who have been unwittingly exposed are at risk of developing measles if they are not immune,” he said.

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

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