Young baby one of six people diagnosed with measles after a man on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne unknowingly spread the infection.
Victoria Health Department report that all six people were in Melbourne Airport’s international baggage collection area on March 7 along with the man from flight D7214, aged in his 40s, who became ill on the flight and later went to hospital.
“None of these were on the same flight, but we believe they fell ill because they were in the baggage area at the same time,” Victoria’s deputy chief health officer Brett Sutton said.
As measles is highly infectious through airborne transmission, other secondary cases may occur in susceptible people.
Measles has an incubation period of between seven and 18 days (average 14 days from exposure to rash) so should be considered with any person presenting ill with an onset date between 10 March and 29 March 2018.
A runny nose, red eyes, cough and fever are some of the symptoms with a rash common within a week of the first signs of the infection.
Anyone who is sick should seek medical attention but phone ahead so not to infect other patients.
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