A person with a confirmed case of measles may have been contagious on a flight to Melbourne and at Melbourne Airport on the weekend.

The man in his twenties is being treated in hospital after returning home from the Philippines, where he contracted the illness.

“There is a lot of measles circulating in our region currently, including much of South-East and southern Asia. All travellers need to be aware of this risk,” Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton said in a statement.

The man travelled on Cebu Pacific flight 5J49 from Manila to Melbourne, and through Terminal 2 at Melbourne Airport on Saturday July 20 between 4pm and 6.30pm.

“Anyone who is unvaccinated is at highest risk of contracting measles,” Dr Sutton said. “People need to have received two doses of measles-containing vaccine to be fully protected. Many adults have only received one vaccine against measles and therefore most cases are in this age group. Most people born before 1966 will have been exposed to measles in childhood, and therefore will be protected.”

This incident brings the confirmed number of measles cases in Victoria up to 27 so far this year. Measles symptoms include rash, fever, conjunctivitis and severe coughing. If you experience symptoms, visit your GP. A free vaccine is available.

More information on measles can be found here.