Fresh measles case on NZ-Sydney Virgin flight

Fresh measles case on NZ-Sydney flight. Source: DIG

A young Sydney man returning from New Zealand has been diagnosed with the measles.

A young man from Sydney has been diagnosed with the measles after travelling to New Zealand, which is experiencing an outbreak of the infectious disease.

NSW Health warned the infectious man was on Virgin Airlines flight VA162 from Queenstown to Sydney on 31 August and visited the Northern Beaches Hospital medical centre on 3, 5 and 6 September.

Acting communicable diseases director Christine Selvey warned people who had been in or near the medical centre during those dates to be alert for measles symptoms until 24 September.

"Symptoms to watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body," Dr Selvey said in a statement on Monday.

It's the third measles case in NSW in as many weeks linked to Queenstown on New Zealand's south island.

Measles (AAP)
Those who were at the medical centre or on the flight should check for symptoms.

There is a widespread outbreak of the infectious disease in New Zealand with more than 1100 cases this year.

"Measles is one of the most contagious diseases for humans, but two doses of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine provide lifelong protection against measles in 99 out of 100 vaccinated people," Dr Selvey said.

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