Anyone who has travelled to or from Sydney Airport recently on a train or plane is being told to keep an eye out for symptoms of measles after a plane passenger was diagnosed with the disease.
NSW Health has issued an alert after a man, aged in his 40s, was diagnosed with the infectious disease on Cathay Pacific flight CX139 from Hong Kong, which arrived in Sydney T1 International Terminal on Tuesday May 28 at 7:40PM.
It’s unknown if the Bangladeshi man was vaccinated.
After arriving in Sydney, authorities has said that the man travelled by train from Sydney Airport on the Macarthur line, departing at 9:11pm and arriving in Leumeah at 9:58pm.
NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases Dr Vicky Shepherd has claimed that none of the locations visited by the man pose an ongoing risk on contamination.
However, it can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear for someone who has become infected with measles.
“Symptoms to watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three of four days later by a red, blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body,” Dr Shepherd said.
Those at risk of infection are anyone who travelled on the same plane and train, and those in the International Airport Terminal (including the baggage carousels, customs and arrivals areas) between 7:40PM and 9:30PM on May 28.
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These people should watch out for symptoms of measles, which can include fever, runny nose, dry cough, sore and red eyes and a red and blotchy rash, until June 20.