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Measles alert: Infected Qantas passenger visits multiple Melbourne locations

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Passengers who arrived home after a flight from Singapore last week are being warned to look out for flu-like symptoms, amid a measles alert.

An infected man was onboard Qantas flight QF36 which arrived at Tullamarine about 6.40 last Monday morning.

The man wasn’t diagnosed until after he went to the Wildcats basketball Stadium at Eltham High School on Saturday afternoon.

Anyone who was near the international baggage carousels and the shuttle bus pick up, before 7.30 on the morning of April 16, is also being urged to contact their GP if they feel ill.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says there has been an increase in cases.

“This is the 15th in the last couple of months, many of them have just been returning travelers especially from south-east Asia,” Mr Sutton said.

“My suspicion is there’s a lot more measles circulating in south-east Asia and south Asia in particular.

“That means people really need to be aware of getting measles vaccines before travelling.”

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