Warning after plane passenger tests positive for measles

NSW health authorities have issued their ninth alert for measles this year after a man transiting through Sydney Airport tested positive for the highly infectious disease.

The passenger flew into Sydney on Sunday morning on Qatar Airways flight 906 and spent about three hours in the international terminal before boarding a connection to Canberra.

Passengers on the flights and those inside the terminal between 6am and 9am are advised to watch for signs and symptoms of measles until February 21.

“If you develop symptoms please call ahead to your GP so you do not wait in the waiting room with other patients,” NSW Health communicable diseases branch director Dr Vicky Sheppeard said in a statement on Friday.


NSW Health has issued 10 measles alerts since December 29.

Outbreaks of measles in popular tourist destinations in South and South East Asia means the risk for measles being imported into Australia at the moment is high, the department says.