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Traveller tested positive for measles at Melbourne Airport

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Traveller who was transiting through Melbourne Airport’s T2 international terminal on Wednesday from Dubai has been tested positive for measles.

The traveller has been on flight EK408 and Victoria Health warned people who was on the same flight to monitor for symptoms.

“If you have been to one of the exposure sites, you must monitor for symptoms for 18 days. Symptoms usually start to appear after a week,” Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Dr Clare Looker said.

“If any symptoms develop, you should seek immediate medical attention.”

Before arriving at a medical facility, people are issued to call ahead, so that they can see them in isolation from other patients.

Victoria Health said measles can spread quickly in unvaccinated people.

Especially young children and immunocompromised adults are highly risky of serious illness.

The infectious viral disease cases are rare in Australia due to widespread vaccination rates.

Aussies are encouraged to take appropriate vaccinations to fight against the virus.

Symptoms of measles include fever, sore eyes, runny nose 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.

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