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Measles alert at Sydney Airport as infected Traveler sparks warning

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New measles alert for plane passengers

NSW Health has issued 10 measles alerts since December 29.

Outbreaks of measles in popular tourist destinations in South and South East Asia means the risk for measles being imported into Australia at the moment is high, the department says.

Passengers who were at Sydney Airport on February 3 are being urged to keep an eye out for measles symptoms after potentially contracting the disease from an infectious traveller.

The passenger on Sunday morning flew into Sydney on Qatar Airways flight 906 and spent about three hours in the international terminal before boarding a connection to Canberra.
Passengers on the flights and those inside the terminal between 6am and 9am are advised to watch for signs and symptoms of measles until February 21.

The sites do not pose any ongoing risk to the public. The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is from a week to 18 days.

“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 said.

“The measles-mumps-rubella 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.”