Measles warning for aircraft and train passengers

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Passengers on an international flight and a train between the international airport and the Leuca are advised to pay attention to the signs and symptoms of measles after a man has been diagnosed with the infection following his return from Bangladesh .

The man, aged in his forties, whose vaccination status is unknown, was infectious on the CathayPacific CX139 flight from Hong Kong, arrived at the T1 International Terminal in Sydney on Tuesday 28 May at 7.40pm.

He departed by train from Sydney Airport on the Macarthur line, departing at 9: 11pm and arriving in Leumeah at 9:58 pm.

The local public health unit is working with the medical services visited by the man to those directly involved who may have been present at the same time.

The medical director of transmissible diseases in NSW, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, has stated that none of the sites visited by man represents an ongoing risk.

It may take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure to a person with measles. People who have traveled on the same plane and trained, and those of the International Air Terminal (including baggage carousels, customs and arrivals) between 7:40 and 21:30 on May 28th should be alert for signals and disease symptoms until June 20, 2019.

"The symptoms that extend to include fever, irritated eyes and cough followed three or four days after a red and stained vent spreading from the head to the rest of the body," said Dr. Sheppeard.

"Anyone who develops measles symptoms should call their GP to make sure they don't wait for other patients before seeing their doctor."

"The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is a safe and effective protection against measles," he said.

"It is free for all those born during or after 1966, who have not yet had two doses. If you are in agreement if you have had two doses, it is safe to have another one."

Measles is highly contagious and spreads in the air through coughing or sneezing from someone who is not comfortable with the disease.

While the risk of infection is low in people who are completely vaccinated, health experts invite anyone who is in contact with someone who has measles to stay on their symptoms.

They must limit their exposure to others and seek medical assistance if symptoms develop. Twodoses' measles vaccine provides permanent protection in 99 out of 100 people who have been vaccinated.

Protecting children from life-threatening diseases is a key priority for the NSW government, which has invested about $ 130 million in the 2018-19000 program budget, including the Commonwealth and state vaccines.

The latest annual vaccination coverage report shows that NSW vaccination rates are at their highest level ever, with over 95 percent of five-year-old children being vaccinated against measles.

For more information on the measles visit: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/measles/Pages/key-facts.aspx

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