WAs measles outbreak reaches Pilbara mine site – The Age

The letter read: “You have been identified as someone who may have been in contact with a person diagnosed with measles. This contact may have occurred somewhere on the camp facilities between the dates above.”

“If you are not on site and are worried, please contact your GP and ask them to confirm your history of vaccinations.

“Fortescue will cover any out of pocket expenses incurred from your medical visit in relation to this.”

FMG has arranged a supply of immunisations to be supplied to Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak sites as a precaution.

Being immunised against measles is voluntary.

To date, 41 people have been diagnosed with measles in WA.

To date, 41 people have been diagnosed with measles in WA. Credit:ninevms

Measles can take between seven to 21 days to develop after sharing the same air as an infected person.

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

Complications following measles can be serious and include ear infections and pneumonia in about 10 per cent of cases.

Around 30 per cent of cases require hospital admission and about one person in every 1,000 will develop encephalitis, inflammation of the brain.

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