Urgent measles warning as child arrives in Australia on board a Qantas flight from Singapore with highly-infectious disease
- A child infected with measles travelled from Singapore to Brisbane this month
- Passengers at Brisbane International Airport on January 17 have been warned
- Early measles symptoms include fever, sore red eyes, runny nose and coughing
An urgent warning has been issued after a child travelled from Singapore to Brisbane with measles.
The girl and her parents were unaware she had the highly contagious virus when they arrived in Australia on Qantas flight 52 early on January 17.
Public health experts said people who were at Brisbane International Airport from 6am to 8am on that day should be alert to measles symptoms.
An urgent warning has been issued after a child travelled from Singapore to Brisbane with measles (stock image pictured)
Early measles symptoms include a fever, sore red eyes, a runny nose and coughing.
Those who may have been exposed by being in the same place at the same time are at risk of developing measles until February 3 as it can take up to 18 days for symptoms to develop.
The case is the second in Queensland this year.
It comes after last years 74 people were diagnosed with measles in the state, the worst year since 1997.
All people born since 1966 need two measles vaccinations. Those unsure whether they’ve been vaccinated in the past can safely have another dose.
The girl and her parents were unaware she had the highly contagious virus when they arrived in Australia on Qantas flight 52 early on January 17 (stock image pictured)