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Six new cases of measles linked to ill passenger on AirAsia flight

Six new cases of measles are being linked to a passenger on an AirAsia flight D7214 from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne on March 7.

The new cases include a baby who was too young to be immunised and five adults ranging in age from 20 to 60.

All of them were in the international baggage area of Melbourne Airport when the flight arrived about 9:30am.

The initial case of measles was tracked to an Australian man in his 40s who became unwell on the flight and went straight to hospital where he was diagnosed.

Measles is a highly infectious viral disease which can cause serious illness, including pneumonia and other complications in the very young and very old.

The symptoms are similar to the common cold followed by fever and rash, which can begin three to seven days after the first symptoms show.

Measles is relatively uncommon because of the widespread use of the vaccine, but can be brought into Australia from overseas travellers.

This case is one of several measles outbreaks in Victoria this year, including one linked to a British backpacker and another a flight between Denpasar, Sydney and Melbourne.

Locations visited by the newly diagnosed cases include:

  • March 14: Woolworths Kew from midday to 2:30pm
  • March 18: Danny’s Coin Laundry, High Street Thornbury from 7:00pm until 8:30pm
  • March 18: Tahini Restaurant, High Street Northcote from 8:00pm until 9:30pm
  • March 19: La Trobe University, Bundoora campus from midday until 2:00pm
  • March 19: Amcal Pharmacy Echuca, from 1:30pm until 2:30pm
  • March 20: Chemist Warehouse, Plenty Road Bundoora, from 4:00pm until 5:00pm
  • March 20: Pharmasafe Chemist Plenty Road Watsonia, from 4:00pm until 5:00pm
  • March 21: Echuca College Discovery night from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • March 21: IGA Watsonia, Watsonia Road, from 2:00pm until 3:00pm
  • March 22: Woolworths Echuca from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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