Passengers on an Air New Zealand flight from Brisbane to
Auckland on February 23 may have been exposed to measles, the
Auckland Regional Public Health Service says.
The health service said there were two infected passengers on
flight NZ136 which left Brisbane at 11.15am on February 23.
'Passengers who sat nearest the two cases have the highest
risk and are our first priority," said Medical Officer of
Health Richard Hoskins.
They would be contacted by their local public health service.
"However because measles is an infectious, airborne disease,
we want all passengers to be vigilant."
Measles symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose, red
eyes and a rash that starts on the face and neck and spreads.
Any passengers from the flight who felt unwell should phone
their GP or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.
There have been 57 measles cases in Auckland so far this
year. Nine of these caught measles overseas and brought it
home with them.
The health service said it was working hard to avoid another
situation like that in 2011/12 when nearly 500 people caught
measles and 82 required hospitalisation.
Measles was a serious illness and there was no treatment, Dr
"The only way to avoid catching measles is to have had two
measles vaccines after your first birthday. Please check with
your GP to see if you and your family are protected."