Melbourne Airport Measles Outbreak Sees Six New Cases

Including a baby

Melbourne Airport Measles Outbreak Sees Six New Cases

Five adults and a baby are suspected of catching a dose of the measles after being infected by a fellow passenger at Melbourne Airport.

A man in his 40s is believed to have infected others after becoming unwell on the AirAsia flight D7214 which landed in Melbourne on March 7 at 9.30am.

According to Victoria Health, the man is understood to have gone straight to hospital, however a number of people appear to have been exposed to measles while in the airport's baggage collection area between 9.30am and midday.

The new cases of measles include a baby who was too young to be immunised, and five adults aged between 20 and 60.

According to the Age, three of the adults remain in hospital while the baby and the other two adults are in recovery at home.

It is understood that none of these people were on the same flight, so the common area shared is the baggage claim.

A number of places were visited by the newly-infected group, which are listed below.

Wednesday 14 March

  • Woolworths Kew - 12pm - 2.30pm

Sunday 18 March

  • Danny’s Coin Laundry, High Street Thornbury - 7pm - 8.30pm
  • Tahini Restaurant, High Street Northcote - 8pm - 9.30pm

Monday 19 March

  • La Trobe University, Bundoora campus - 12pm - 2pm
  • Amcal Pharmacy, Echuca - 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Tuesday 20 March

  • Chemist Warehouse, Plenty Road Bundoora - 4pm - 5pm
  • Pharmasafe Chemist Plenty Road Watsonia -  4pm - 5pm

Wednesday 21 March

  • Echuca College ‘Discovery Night’ - 6pm - 7.30pm
  • IGA Watsonia, Watsonia Road - 2pm - 3pm

Thursday 22 March

  • Woolworths Echuca, 1pm - 2.30pm