Measles outbreak: Person with measles on flight from Sunshine Coast to Auckland – Stuff.co.nz

Passengers on a flight from Australia’s Sunshine Coast to Auckland may have been exposed to measles after travelling with someone who had the illness. 

The New Zealander departed the Sunshine Coast on Air New Zealand flight NZ768 on Wednesday, October 9, about 11.40am. 

The flight landed in Auckland about 5.40pm. 

A person with measles was infectious while travelling from the Sunshine Coast to Auckland on October 9.

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A person with measles was infectious while travelling from the Sunshine Coast to Auckland on October 9.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service clinical director Dr Julia Peters said the man had been holidaying in Australia, and was unaware he had measles on his flight home. 

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As of Friday, there had been 1436 measles cases in Auckland so far this year. 

Peters said passengers who were also on board this flight should watch for the signs of measles. 

These include a high fever, runny nose, cough and sore, red eyes. Within a few days a rash starts on the face and neck, before spreading down the body. 

It can take 7-14 days to start experiencing measles symptoms. 

People who either haven't been vaccinated against measles or who haven't had the illness in the past were most at risk of contracting the illness.

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People who either haven’t been vaccinated against measles or who haven’t had the illness in the past were most at risk of contracting the illness.

People were most at risk if they were not immune to the highly infectious illness, either because they hadn’t been vaccinated or haven’t previously had the disease.

If you were on the flight and are unsure whether you’re immune to measles, talk to your doctor or contact Healthline on 0800 661 116 for advice, Peters said. 

If you start to develop symptoms that could be measles, also contact your doctor. 

Be sure to call ahead to prevent potentially infecting others in the waiting room, she said. 

For more information or advice on measles, contact Healthline or visit the Auckland Regional Public Health Service measles page or Ministry of Health website

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