Measles alert after infectious man flys from Bali to Brisbane

Queensland Health has issued a measles alert after an infectious man flew into Brisbane on an international flight last week.

The young man was infectious when he travelled on Virgin Airlines flight VA46 from Denpasar, Bali to Brisbane, arriving on Sunday 24 July.

The passenger spent time in the Brisbane Transit Lounge before taking a connecting flight on the same day from Brisbane to Wellington on Virgin Airlines flight VA104.


Acting Executive Director, Communicable Diseases Dr Heidi Carroll said fellow travellers needed to be alert for the symptoms of measles.

“The initial symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore and red eyes,” she said.

“This is followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash which often starts on the face and then becomes widespread over the body.”

Dr Carroll said the symptoms usually started around 10 days after contact with the infectious person, but was known to occur between seven and 18 days after contact.

“We would expect that anyone who has caught measles as a result of this contact would be starting to show symptoms now, or over the next few days.”

She advised people who may have come into contact with the man to speak with their GP immediately.

“Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing, but is actually infectious for four days before the rash appears.”

“Please see your doctor if you may have had contact with this person and have since developed any of the symptoms.