NSW Health alert: Bali travellers urged to check for measles

10 March 2017

NSW Health is alerting recent travellers to Bali to watch for measles symptoms after two people – a Sydney resident and a Brisbane resident – returned to Australia infected with the disease.

Both travellers were on Virgin Airlines flights from Denpasar, Bali, to Sydney on two days last week.
The Sydney resident was infectious in the following locations between 28 February and 6 March:
  • 28 February – Virgin Airlines Flight VA70 from Bali, Indonesia, departing Denpasar at 10.30pm local time and arriving in Sydney at 7.30am on 1 March
  • 4 March – a pharmacy on Auburn Road in Auburn at around midday
  • 4,7 and 8 March – NAS Medical Centre, Auburn
  • 6 March – Auburn Hospital Emergency Department. (NSW public health staff members are directly contacting other members of the public known to have visited the medical centre and emergency department at the same time as the infectious case.)
The Brisbane resident was infectious while in transit in Sydney between 2 and 3 March:
  • 2 March – Virgin Flight VA70 Denpasar (Bali) to Sydney, departing at 10.30pm (local) and arriving in Sydney at 7.30am on 3 March
  • 3 March – morning – Sydney International Airport
  • 3 March, 8.00am – Terminal transfer bus from International to Domestic Terminal 
  • 3 March, morning – Sydney Domestic Airport
  • 3 March – Virgin Flight VA932 Sydney to Brisbane, departed Sydney at 9.00am, arriving in Brisbane at 9.30am.
This is the second measles warning NSW Health has issued this week alone and the fourth this year, with the total number of measles cases statewide now at eight for 2017. All NSW residents contracted the disease overseas.
Anyone born during or since 1966 should have two doses of vaccine (at least four weeks apart). For young children, the measles vaccine is recommended at 12 months and again at 18 months of age. NSW Health offers free MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine through GPs for people born during or since 1966 with no records of having received two doses of MMR vaccine. It is safe to have the vaccine more than twice, so people who are unsure should be vaccinated.
Ensure that patients planning to travel overseas are fully vaccinated against measles before departure to reduce their risk of contracting measles and bringing the disease back to Australia.

For more information see the NSW Health measles factsheet.