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Measles transmission in immunized and partially immunized air travellers

  • K. P. COLEMAN (a1) and P. G. MARKEY (a1)
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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.

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*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, CanberraACT 2601, Australia. (Email:
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