Passengers on a flight from Sydney have been urged to monitor for symptoms after a child tested positive to measles.

SA Health said the one-year-old Adelaide boy, who recently returned from overseas, is in a stable condition in hospital.

It is the sixth case of measles in South Australia this year, compared to three cases at the same time last year, according to SA Health.  

The child arrived in Australia on flight EK416 from Dubai to Sydney on June 11 and travelled to Adelaide from Sydney on flight QF749 the same day.

He visited Adelaide Airport on June 11, and SA Pathology and Benson Radiology clinic at Modbury Hospital on June 13, a Salisbury Downs surgery on June 14 and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on June 15.

“SA Health advises anyone who isn’t fully immunised, and particularly those who were in the locations at the times listed below, to be alert for symptoms over the next few weeks and to see a doctor if they become ill,” an SA Health statement said. 

Health authorities said measles is a serious and highly contagious infectious disease. 

Symptoms of measles start with fever, cough, runny nose, and sore eyes, followed by a blotchy rash which usually begins on the head and then spreads down the body.

SA Health said most measles cases in Australia occur in overseas visitors and returning residents who did not have two doses of the measles vaccine.

Exposure locations:

  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, on Saturday 15 June from 1:45am to 3:20am
  • Premium Care Medical Practice, Shop 105B Hollywood Plaza, Salisbury Downs, on Wednesday 12 June from 5:00pm to 6:00pm and Friday 14 June from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Benson Radiology, located in Modbury Hospital, on Thursday 13 June from 2:00pm to 3:15pm
  • SA Pathology, located in Modbury Hospital, on Thursday 13 June from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Adelaide Airport, on Tuesday 11 June from 11:30pm to Wednesday 12 June 12:30am
  • Flight QF749 from Sydney to Adelaide, on Tuesday 11 June
  • Flight EK416 Dubai to Sydney, arriving on Tuesday 11 June