Epidemiology and Infection

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Epidemiology and Infection (2010), 138:1012-1015 Cambridge University Press
Copyright © The Northern Territory of Australia, Department of Health and Families 2009

Short Report

Viral infections

Measles transmission in immunized and partially immunized air travellers

K. P. COLEMANa1 c1 and P. G. MARKEYa1

a1 Centre for Disease Control, Department of Health and Families, Northern Territory Government, Australia
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Most cases of measles in Australia are associated with travel or acquired from travellers from overseas. This study presents a series of three secondary cases of measles acquired through contact with a case of infectious measles acquired in China. Two of the cases were fully immunized siblings sitting eight rows behind the index case on a 4½-h flight from Singapore. The third case was acquired in the airport where the index case was in transit. The report highlights the travel-associated risk of measles and discusses the heredity of vaccine-induced measles immunity.

(Accepted October 14 2009)

(Online publication November 02 2009)

Key Words:Disease susceptibility; disease transmission; measles; transportation; vaccination


c1 Author for correspondence: Dr K. Coleman, Public Health Advisory Unit, Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing, MDP 17, GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia. (Email: [email protected])