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Measles reminder for Bali travellers

4 May 2017

Western Australians heading overseas, including to Bali, are being reminded to make sure they have been appropriately vaccinated against measles, following a further case contracted on the island.

Boy with a red blotchy measles rash on his back, neck and face

Measles is a serious and highly contagious viral illness spread by tiny droplets released when infected people cough and sneeze. Early symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and sore eyes, followed by a red blotchy rash about three days later. The rash usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

Travellers returning from Bali (or other countries) who develop a fever with any of the above symptoms , within two to three weeks of returning home, should consult their doctor.

Anyone who thinks they might have measles should call ahead so that they can be isolated when they arrive at the GP or emergency department, to prevent infecting other patients and staff.