Measles outbreak on board Bali to Brisbane flight

PASSENGERS on board a Jetstar flight from Bali to Brisbane are being warned they may have measles.

Queensland Health says three passengers who flew on Jetstar flight JQ46 last Wednesday, October 15, have contracted the disease – so other passengers should be alert for symptoms.

Dr Alun Richards, Acting Senior Director of Communicable Diseases, says measles is highly contagious, and can be a serious disease and even life-threatening in some cases.


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Doctor Richards says so far this year 59 Queenslanders have suffered measles having caught it overseas or from someone else who caught it overseas.

It is spread through coughing and sneezing, and symptoms can include fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes which usually last for several days before a red, blotchy rash appears.

Complications can include an ear infection and diarrhoea as well as more serious and potentially life threatening conditions such as pneumonia or swelling of the brain.

Local public health units will be contacting passengers who were seated closest to the infected passengers.

People born during or after 1966 who have not received the two doses of measles vaccine are at highest risk, he said.

People born before 1966 are usually immune because they are likely to have been exposed to measles during childhood.

This year 59 Queenslanders have suffered measles having caught it overseas or from someone else who caught it overseas, Dr Richards said.

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