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Measles scare on flight

SARAH CODDINGTON AND AMY MAAS
Last updated 05:00 17/01/2014

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Passengers who travelled on a flight from Singapore to Auckland may have been exposed to measles.

Singapore Airlines flight SQ281 arrived at Auckland International Airport at 11.45pm on Sunday.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service says a passenger with measles was infectious during the flight.

Medical officer of health Richard Hoskins says any passengers who feel unwell should phone their GP or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

The service is trying to contact all exposed people to assess whether they are susceptible to measles. It is the 17th confirmed case since New Year's Eve.

People most at risk of contracting the disease are those who have not had the MMR - measles, mumps, rubella - vaccine or who have had just one dose.

Anyone born before 1969 is likely to be immune to the disease without having had the vaccine, Dr Hoskins says.

"My plea would be for parents and families to check children's immunisations are up-to-date."

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- Manukau Courier

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