A passenger on an Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne has been diagnosed with measles, sparking an alert for other passengers on the plane and anyone who was at Melbourne Airport around the international baggage area.
An Australian man in his 40s became unwell on the flight and went straight to hospital where the diagnosis was confirmed.
The flight, AirAsia D7214, arrived at Melbourne Airport on Wednesday at 9:30am.
Victoria’s deputy chief health officer, Brett Sutton, said they were working with the airline to identify and contact passengers on the flight.
“People who were at Melbourne Airport last Wednesday, particularly around the international baggage collection area, who develop illness over the next week should alert their doctor or hospital emergency department,” Dr Sutton said.
Measles usually starts with symptoms of the common cold, like a runny nose, red eyes and a cough followed by fever and a rash, he said.
Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that is now uncommon in Australia because of the widespread use of the measles vaccine.
It can cause serious illness in young children and adults, including pneumonia.
Most cases of measles in Victoria are linked to international travel.
A week ago, a similar warning was issued after a backpacker infected with the disease visited a number of popular tourist destinations, including St Kilda beach, Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road between March 3-7.
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