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WA's Unprecedented Outbreak Of Measles Linked To NZ Tourist

Western Australia has been hit with an unprecedented outbreak of measles, with eight confirmed cases in Perth.

The state's health department confirmed there has been five cases alone in the Rockingham area, in Perth’s south.

One of those cases included in a baby.

A further three cases have now been confirmed across the city.

WA has been hit with its worst case of measles in recent times. Image: Getty

The rare outbreak has been linked to a much bigger one in New Zealand.

Health authorities believe the WA outbreak started with a New Zealand visitor, that man has since returned home.

There have been more than 1300 cases of measles in New Zealand recently.

WA health authorities are in the process of providing information to people who were potentially exposed to offer treatment and immunisations if appropriate.

But they say it's not possible to identify people who may have been exposed in public places.

Acting Director of the Communicable Disease Control Directorate, Paul Effler, said measles was a serious and highly contagious virus spread by tiny droplets released when infected people cough and sneeze.

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"Every measles case is treated as a public health emergency because of the risk of local spread," Dr Effler said on Tuesday.

"With high vaccination coverage, naturally occurring measles has been eliminated from WA for around 20 years, but occasional cases and small outbreaks still occur, usually associated with tourists or WA residents who are infected overseas."

  • With AAP