first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F A Measles alert has been issued by The Northern Territory Centre for Disease Control after an infected passenger passed through Darwin last week. The centre says the person flew to Darwin from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Jetstar flight JQ74 on Australia Day and then left on the same flight bound for Sydney at 7am.Centre for Disease Control Director Vicki Krause said, “There is still a small risk that other passengers and visitors to the airport may have been exposed.” Head of Disease Surveillance at the Centre for Disease Control, Dr Peter Markey explained that measles is a very contagious viral illness spread between people through coughing and sneezing.”The symptoms of measles are fever, cough, runny nose and sore eyes which occur usually 10 days after exposure to a case, followed by a red blotchy rash three to four days later.”To be immune to measles you need to have had measles previously or have had two doses of the measles vaccine. “Anyone not immune to measles who feels they may have been exposed and are experiencing these symptoms are encouraged to seek health advice from their local health provider or the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in the NT.”The measles alert applies until February 19. <a href=”” alt=”last_img” /> read more