NSW Health has issued an alert to passengers after an ACT resident who transited through Sydney International Airport was diagnosed with measles.
The person became unwell just prior to their departure from Pakistan, and was infectious on Flight QR 906 from Qatar to Sydney on Saturday 2 February, and while in the airport (including the transfer lounge) on Sunday 3 February.
Passengers on the flight and people in the airport at the same time as the person should be alert for signs and symptoms of measles until February 21, as the time from exposure to onset of symptoms can be up to 18 days (usually around 10 days).
ACT Health has issued a media release regarding exposure sites for the case in the ACT. Full details of the NSW exposure are provided below.
Alerts for other recent measles cases in NSW, which remain current, can be found on the January measles alert page.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness which begins with a cough, fever, sore, red eyes and runny now, followed three to four days later by a red spotty rash which is not itchy, and begins on the face and neck before spreading to the rest of the body.
People who are experiencing signs and symptoms of measles should seek medical attention. NSW Health recommends calling ahead to the practice or emergency department to alert them of your symptoms so that measures can be taken to limit your exposure to others when you arrive.
Qatar Airlines Flight QR906Departing Doha International Airport Qatar Saturday 2 February at 8:45amArriving Sydney International Airport on Sunday 3 February at 6:25am
Sydney International Airport, including the Transit Lounge between 7am and 9am
Qatar Airlines Flight QR906 Departing Sydney Airport at approximately 9am Arriving Canberra Airport at approximately 10am