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New case of measles in NSW after Philippines visit

Source: AAP

A NSW woman who visited the Philippines onboard Singapore Airlines flight has been diagnosed with measles.

A NSW woman has been diagnosed with measles, bringing the total number of cases since Christmas to 12. 

She was infectious on her flight from Singapore to Sydney SQ231 departing Singapore airport at 12:42 am on Tuesday 22 January and arriving at Sydney International Airport at 11:58 am on Tuesday 22 January.

The plane passenger was likely to have been infected in the Philippines and was briefly hospitalised after she developed a rash. She has since been discharged and is recovering, NSW Health said in a statement.

Following this incident, NSW Health is alerting passengers on the said flight and those who had been in Sydney airport around lunchtime on January 22 to watch for signs and symptoms of measles until February 9.

What to watch out for

Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Sore eyes
  • A cough (followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the rest of the body)

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

“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 Vicki Sheppeard, said.  

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