The man, aged
in his forties, whose vaccination status is unknown, was infectious on Cathay
Pacific flight CX139 from Hong Kong, which arrived at Sydney T1 International
Terminal on Tuesday 28 May at 7:40pm.
travelled by train from Sydney Airport on the Macarthur line, departing at
9:11pm, and arriving at Leumeah at 9:58pm.
The local public
health unit is working with medical services visited by the man to contact
people directly who may have been present at the same time.
Director of Communicable Diseases, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said none of the
locations visited by the man pose an ongoing risk.
It can take up
to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure to a person with measles. People
who travelled on the same plane and train, and those in the International
Airport Terminal (including the baggage carousels, customs and arrivals areas)
between 7:40pm and 9:30pm on 28 May should be alert for signs and symptoms of
measles until 15 June, 2019.
watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days
later by a red, blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the
body,” Dr Sheppeard said.
develops symptoms of measles should phone their GP to ensure they don’t wait with
other patients before seeing their doctor.”
measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is safe and effective protection against measles,”
“It’s free for
anyone born during or after 1966 who hasn’t already had two doses. If you’re
unsure whether you’ve had two doses, it’s safe to have another.”
highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by
someone who is unwell with the disease.
While the risk
of infection is low in fully-vaccinated people, health experts urge anyone who
comes into contact with someone who has measles to remain alert for symptoms.
limit their exposure to others and seek medical care if symptoms develop. Two
doses of measles vaccine provides lifelong protection in 99 out of 100 people
who are vaccinated.
children from potentially deadly diseases is a key priority for the NSW
Government, which has invested approximately $130 million in the 2018-19
Immunisation Program budget, including Commonwealth and state vaccines.
Annual Immunisation Coverage Report shows vaccination rates in NSW are at their
highest level ever, with more than 95 per cent of five year olds vaccinated
information on measles visit: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/measles/Pages/key-facts.aspx