Wednesday afternoon's news in under 5 minutes: 21 January.

We’ve got your Wednesday afternoon news all wrapped up into a quick, five- minute read.

1. Measles scare on Singapore to Perth flight.

By ABC News.

A scoot flight. Credit: ABC news.
Passengers on a flight from Singapore to Perth may have been exposed to measles, with a passenger diagnosed after returning home.

The passenger arrived in Perth around 6:00pm on Sunday January 11, on Scoot flight TZ 8 from Singapore.

The WA Department of Health has warned people on that flight, particularly those sitting near row 43, that they were potentially exposed.

Other areas where people may have been exposed included the arrival area at Perth International airport on January 11 between 6:15pm and 7:00pm and the children’s play area adjacent the Vale Shopping Centre in Canning Vale between 6:30pm to 7:30pm on January 13.

People at the Forest Lakes Medical Centre in Thornlie around 8:45am to 10:15am on January 14, and the emergency department at Armadale Kelmscott Memorial Hospital around 10:30am to 11:00am on January 17 may also be at risk.

In a statement, WA Health Medical Epidemiologist Dr Gary Dowse said public health staff had been contacting potentially exposed people where they were known, but it was not possible to identify all people who were in the listed public places.

He said symptoms include a fever as well as a cough, runny nose, sore red eyes and a rash.

“Anyone who thinks they are infected should call ahead and mention their possible contact with measles so they can be isolated when they arrive at the GP surgery or emergency department, to prevent infecting other patients and staff,” Dr Dowse said.

A version of this post originally appeared on the ABC News website and has been republished with permission (edited).

2. Ex-bodyguard to Malaysian PM detained in Queensland after model’s murder.

By ABC News.

A former bodyguard of the Malaysian prime minister has been detained in Queensland after being sentenced to death for the murder of a model in his home country.

Altantuya Shaariibuu (L) and Sirul Azhar Umar (R)

Sirul Azhar Umar was taken into custody by immigration officials in Brisbane overnight after an Interpol red notice was issued.

The 43-year-old has been sentenced to death in Malaysia over the murder of 28-year-old Mongolian model and interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu.

During the original trial it was revealed Ms Altantuya told Sirul Azhar she was pregnant before she was shot in the head near Kuala Lumpur.

The 28-year-old’s body was blown up with military-grade explosives in a jungle clearing, leaving only shattered bone fragments as evidence.

It has long been alleged Ms Altantuya was murdered because of her connections to high-level Malaysian government officials.

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has repeatedly denied any knowledge of the killing.

A version of this post originally appeared on the ABC News website and has been republished with permission (edited).


3. Two protesters swallowed razer blades on Manus Island last night.

Manus Island detention centre.

Two more refugees participating in hunger strikes on Manus Island have reportedly swallowed razor blades, the Guardian reports.

The two Sudanese men were taken to the detention centre’s medical clinic after being found bleeding from the mouth.

They are now being treated and are the third and forth to have swallowed razor blades as part of the ongoing protest against resettlement in Papua New Guinea, which has now entered it’s eight day.

Several hundred men remain on hunger strike across the detention centre.

4. A NSW caravan park searched in the hunt for William Tyrell.

A fibro cabin in a NSW caravan park is the latest property to be raided in the hunt for missing three-year-old William Tyrell,  the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Police searched the cabin at The Haven caravan park at Laurieton at the end of last week.

According to the park’s owner, residents of the caravan park told police they had heard a child’s cries coming from the property in the weeks following the toddler’s disappearance.

“They heard an infant crying and they thought it was coming from that cabin,” the owner told Fairfax.

“We don’t have kids, [nor are there] many children in the park; they are all retired here, so it is an unusual sound,” he said.

“Police came here. They wanted to have a look through even though I’d been through that cabin since. We went down because obviously there might have been a body in there or [the police] thought there could be.”

The property is one of many searched since the toddler was reported missing from his grandmother’s home in neighbouring town Kendall on the 12th of September last year.

 Read more about the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of William Tyrell here.

5. Prehistoric frilled shark caught off the coast of Victoria.

Deep-Sea Fish, Frill Shark Found Alive In Numazu, Japan

An ‘horrific’ looking frilled shark with up to 47 rows of teeth was pulled from water off the coast off south-eastern Victoria last month., The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

David Guillot was the unlucky fisherman who pulled the rare shark from the sea, which he estimated at 1.5m long and more like an eel than a shark.

“I’ve been at sea for 30 years and I’ve never seen a shark look like that,” Mr Guillot told Fairfax Radio on Wednesday.

“The head on it was like something out of a horror movie. It was quite horrific looking … It was quite scary actually.”

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