Hundreds of West Australians could have been exposed to the measles virus after a Perth man contracted the disease while holidaying overseas.
The man came down with measles in Bali in late November.
The Health Department advises that measles is contagious for up to five days before a rash develops and four days following that.
Communicable Disease Control director Dr Paul Armstrong said it was extremely contagious.
“Even if people don’t have direct contact with somebody and they’re in a room with someone with measles and they don’t have immunity to measles, then they are likely to get it,” he said.
Most people in Australia are immune to measles due to vaccination.
“There are a group of people born after 1966 who haven’t had two doses of measles-containing vaccine,” Dr Armstrong said.
“They’re the ones who aren’t immune to measles and the ones we’re particularly concerned about.”
During the time the man was contagious he travelled through Perth’s southern suburbs where he may have come into contact with hundreds of people.
Possible contact during contagious phase
The department has issued a list of dates and places the man was during the contagion phase:
- Wednesday December 3 around midday: Train from Murdoch to Bull Creek station and connecting bus from Bull Creek station to Fremantle
- Friday December 5 between 3.30 to 4am: Perth domestic airport (Virgin terminal)
- Friday December 5 from 10.30pm to closing: KFC on Canning Highway in Alfred Cove
- Saturday December 6 between 2.30 to 4.30pm: Fremantle Markets
- Sunday December 7 around lunchtime: Roj Kebab shop on Mends St, South Perth
- Tuesday December 9 around 8am: patients and visitors in the vicinity of the Emergency Department at St John of God Hospital in Murdoch
Dr Armstrong said it was important to be aware of the symptoms of measles and how to react.