Health is warning airline passengers to be alert for symptoms of measles after
one traveller was diagnosed with the highly-contagious disease.
traveller was infectious while on an international Jetstar flight from Thailand
and a domestic Sydney-Melbourne flight with the same airline. They then boarded
a Virgin Australia flight to New Zealand.
traveller was on the following flights:
- Jetstar JQ28 departing Phuket at 9:45pm on 18 March, arriving
Sydney Airport’s T1 international terminal at 10:30am on 19 March
- Jetstar JQ517 departing Sydney Airport’s T2 domestic terminal at
2pm March 19, arriving at Melbourne Airport Terminal 4 at 3:35pm
- Virgin Australia Flight VA99 departing Melbourne Airport Terminal
2 at 6:35pm March 19, arriving at Christchurch Airport at 11:35pm
who were on the same flights or in Sydney Airport’s international and domestic
baggage carousels, customs, arrivals and departure areas between 10:30am - 2:30pm
on 19 March are being urged to check for symptoms until 6 April.
take up to 18 days for symptoms to develop after coming into contact with an
Health’s Communicable Diseases Branch director Dr Vicky Sheppeard said people
are susceptible to measles if they have never had the disease in the past or
have not received two doses of the measles vaccine.
measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is free in NSW for anyone born during or after
1966 who hasn’t already had two doses,” Dr Sheppeard said. “If you’re unsure
whether you’ve had two doses, it’s safe to have another.”
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.
you develop symptoms, please call ahead to your GP to ensure you do not wait in
the waiting room with other patients,” Dr Sheppeard said.
of measles in popular tourist destinations, including countries in South-East
Asia, means the risk for measles being imported into Australia remains high.
is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with
more information visit: health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/measles/Pages/default.aspx