The City of Canning has issued a warning to anyone who visited the Cannington Leisureplex and Cannington Library on October 27 after they may have come into contact with someone who was infected with measles.
The city was advised by the WA Health Department that a person with measles visited the Cannington Leisureplex and Cannington Library last Thursday between 9.45am and 10.35am.
Patrons visiting these centres at this time may have been in contact with the infected person.
Contact means people who shared the same air as someone while they were infectious with measles – for example, being in the same room as someone with measles.
If the infection is transferred and takes hold these people go on to develop measles symptoms seven to 21 days after sharing the same air.
Many people have had immunisation against measles; however there are some who don’t or may have a weakened immune system that could be susceptible.
If you have been infected, symptoms may develop from now until November 17.
In a statement the City of Canning said if anyone had concerns it was strongly advised they visit their doctor immediately.
Measles is a highly infectious acute viral illness, which can be a serious infection in small children, people with chronic diseases and adults.
The first symptoms of measles are fever, runny nose, sore runny eyes and cough.
The rash starts later.
If you develop symptoms of measles you should avoid public places and public transport, see a doctor as soon as possible but warn the surgery ahead of time.
For more information call metropolitan communicable disease control south during business hours on 9431 0200 or 9328 0553 after hours.