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August 26, 2019 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The third person to have been diagnosed in recent days with measles  following return from travel overseas flew into Sydney on Etihad, the NSW Health Department advised at the weekend.

NSW Health said the unvaccinated man was infectious while on an international flight and at Sydney International Airport.

Passengers on Etihad Airlines flight EY451 from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, arriving at Sydney Airport at 11:55pm on Friday 16 August, and people in the airport, including baggage carousels, customs and the arrivals area, in the early hours of the morning on Saturday 17 August, should watch for signs and symptoms of measles until 3 September 2019.

Just a day earlier, two new, unrelated cases of measles were reported in NSW residents, recently returned from travel in South America and New Zealand.

A Hunter New England man in his forties, who reports receiving one dose of vaccine as a child, spent time in the Hornsby area while infectious.

An unvaccinated Blue Mountains woman, also in her forties, spent time in the CBD, and used public transport while infectious.

People in the following locations at the same times should be alert for signs and symptoms of measles until 8 September 2019.

Measles is a serious illness. One in 10 people with measles needs hospital treatment and the most serious cases can result in deafness or swelling of the brain. Measles is infectious before the rash appears and is one of the most infectious airborne diseases.

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The only way to protect from measles and the best way to avoid its complications is to be fully vaccinated. Anyone born before 1969 is likely to be immune to the disease without having had the vaccine

Edited by Peter Needham

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