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Measles alert issued for Jetstar Bali-to-Brisbane flight

October 21, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59Passengers on a flight to Brisbane from Bali have been told to watch out for symptoms of measles after three people aboard Jetstar flight JQ46 tested positive to the infection.

Measles is an acute, highly infectious illness that can cause serious complications such as pneumonia (lung infection) and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). It may also cause middle ear infection. While it was routine for children in Australia and most other countries to catch measles in the 1950s and 1960s, it is now regarded as a serious disease.

The affected Jetstar flight left Denpasar on 15 October 2015 and arrived in Brisbane the next day.

Any passenger infected with measles on the flight could expect symptoms to appear between 23 October and 3 November 2014. Symptoms may include fever, tiredness, cough, runny nose and/or red inflamed eyes. These symptoms usually become more severe over three days.

Queensland Health acting senior director of communicable diseases Dr Alun Richards told ABC News that so far this year, 59 Queenslanders had contracted measles, having caught it overseas or from someone else who had been overseas.

The cough is often worse at night and the affected person wants to avoid light because of sore eyes. After three days, a blotchy, dark red rash begins to develop, often near hairline. The rash spreads over the entire body, during which time the person generally feels very unwell.

Dr Richards said measles was highly contagious among people who were not fully immunised.

Queensland Health reports that the state has been experiencing regular outbreaks of measles this year, primarily in southern Queensland.

Roughly half of the outbreaks were acquired overseas in countries such as Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Written by : Peter Needham

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  1. Measles have an incubation period of six to nineteen days, but the usual number is set at two weeks. The disease is very infectious. How to recognize measles here: A sick person is infectious about seven days before the rash occurs and for a further five days after its occurrence

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