NSW Health is
again alerting passengers following ACT Health confirming measles in a
traveller who transited through Sydney Airport.
advise that the passenger became unwell prior to leaving Pakistan, so others on
the flight or at the airport at the same time may have been exposed to the
The passenger was infectious on
flight QR906 from Doha to Sydney departing Doha on Saturday 2 February and
arriving at Sydney International Airport at 6:25 am on Sunday 3 February. The
passenger was then in the international transit lounge until approximately 9am
before taking flight QR906 to Canberra.
Passengers on this flight and
people in Sydney International Airport transit lounge at the same time are
advised to watch for signs and symptoms of measles until 21 February.
The time from
exposure to the onset of symptoms is from a week to 18 days. These sites do not
pose any ongoing risk to the public.
“If you develop symptoms please
call ahead to your GP so you do not wait in the waiting room with other
patients,” Director Communicable Diseases Branch Director, Dr Vicky Sheppeard,
vaccine is safe and effective protection against measles. It is free for anyone
in NSW born during or after 1966 who hasn’t already had two doses. If you’re
unsure whether you’ve had two doses, it’s quite safe to have another.”
Outbreaks of measles in popular
tourist destinations means the risk for measles being imported into Australia
at the moment is high. NSW Health urges people travelling to South and South
East Asia, where measles is prevalent, to ensure they are fully vaccinated
before heading overseas.
Measles is highly
contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who
is unwell with the disease.
Symptoms 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. More information on measles: health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/measles/Pages/default.aspx