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Measles Warning For Sydney International Airport And City's South West

Hundreds of airline passengers are at risk of getting measles, after an incoming passenger from Bangladesh was diagnosed with the infectious disease a week after arriving in Australia.

The man, aged in his forties, was infectious on Cathay Pacific flight CX139 from Hong Kong, which arrived at Sydney T1 International Terminal on May 28.

He then traveled by train to Leumeah, in Sydney's south west, on the Macarthur line, leaving Sydney Airport at 9.11pm and arriving at 9.58pm.

The man's vaccination status is unknown.

Health authorities are working with the locations of medical services the man attended. They are alerting people he may have come into contact with while infectious.

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NSW Health has warned  people who were on the same plane and train as the patient, as well as at the International Airport on May 28 between 7.40pm and 9.40pm to watch for signs of infection.

The locations do not pose an ongoing risk, said Dr Vicky Sheppeard, NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases.

“Symptoms to watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body,” Sheppeard said.

“Anyone who develops symptoms of measles should phone their GP to ensure they don’t wait with other patients before seeing their doctor.”

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Measles is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing and is highly contagious.

By May this year, there had already been 109 confirmed cases of the measles nationwide, which is a five year high.

Contact the author jdunne@networkten.com.au