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Measles alert from international flight

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/08/2016

Passengers who fell unwell after coming off an overseas flight in Wellington in late July have been advised to call their doctor after one person on the plane was found to have developed measles.

The person, from Wellington, contracted the illness while overseas and returned on a Virgin Airlines (VA) flight to New Zealand on July 24.

The passenger had travelled from Denpasar in Bali to Brisbane on flight VA46 that day, spent time in the Brisbane transit lounge and flew on VA104 from Brisbane to Wellington.

The Ministry of Health said it could take 10 to 14 days for someone who had caught the measles to start showing symptoms.

It said any passengers on those two flights who felt unwell should phone their GP or call Healthline (0800 611 116) for advice.

It was important to call before seeing a doctor, as measles was highly infectious and others in the doctor's waiting room could be infected.

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