Measles alert after case confirmed in Perth student

4 August 2017

Western Australians are urged to be alert to the symptoms of measles after a case was confirmed in a Perth high school student after they returned from overseas.

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Measles is highly contagious and people in contact with the student may have been exposed to the disease.

Measles is spread by tiny droplets, released when infected people cough and sneeze.

Early symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and sore eyes. About three days later a red blotchy rash starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

If you think you may be infected with measles, stay at home and consult your doctor by phone.

Find out more about measles.

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