The passenger, a
male in his 20s, developed measles while in the Philippines, and was diagnosed
with the infection after returning home.
visited Leichhardt Medical and Dental Centre on January 12, where the infection
was suspected, and isolation measures put in place. Other patients there at the
same time are being contacted and offered preventive treatment, if needed.
People who were on QF20, or at
Sydney International Airport early in the morning of January 11, should be
alert for measles symptoms until January 29 as the time from exposure to the
onset of symptoms is 10 - 18 days.
“If you develop symptoms please
call ahead to your GP so that you do not wait in the waiting room with other
patients,” Dr Sheppeard said.
NSW Health has been in contact
with Qantas, advising the airline of the man’s condition.
“The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
vaccine is safe and highly effective protection against measles, and is
available for free for those aged 1 to 52 from your GP. If you are unsure
whether you have had two doses, it is quite safe to have another dose.”
NSW Health once
again urges people travelling to south-east Asia where measles is prevalent to
ensure they a fully vaccinated before heading overseas.
measles in popular tourist destinations means the risk for measles being
imported into Australia at the moment is high.
Measles is highly contagious and
is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with
Symptoms of measles include
fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red,
blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the rest of the body.
For more information on measles,