Via 3news.co.nz: New measles cases on Air NZ flight. Excerpt:
Two passengers on an Air New Zealand flight from Australia have contracted measles, bringing the number of cases in Auckland this year to 57.
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service says the two infected people were on Flight NZ136 that left Brisbane at 11:15am on Sunday February 23.
Medical officer of health Dr Richard Hoskins says the passengers would have been infectious at the time of the flight.
People who sat nearest to those who have contracted measles will be contacted by their local public health service.
"Because measles is an infectious, airborne disease, we want all passengers to be vigilant," says Dr Hoskins.
Measles symptoms can take between 10 and 14 days to start showing. Those who were on the flight would be starting to feel unwell by Sunday March 9, if they are not already.
Any passengers of the flight who are unwell are urged to phone their GP or call Healthline on 0800 611 116.
The public health service says it is important that those who may be infected phone ahead before seeing their GP, as measles is highly infectious and can be passed on others in the waiting room.
The two new cases follow a recent outbreak at Westlake Boys High School on Auckland's North Shore where 27 staff, students and family members were infected.
A passenger on a Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland on February 20 was also confirmed to have measles.