Passengers On Singapore Airlines Flight SQ285 To Auckland Should Check For Measles Symptoms
All passengers aboard flight SQ285 headed for Auckland, New Zealand on 22 Feb, may want to check themselves for potential measles infections.
On that fateful flight, there was apparently a passenger infected with measles which could potentially spread it to anyone on board, according to Channel NewsAsia.
Scary eh? Let’s take a look at why so many passengers are now at a high risk of contracting measles due to this incident.
People who frequented flight gate and baggage claim area also at risk
Because measles can be easily transmitted, one can get infected with measles simply by walking past another infected passenger.
Air is also recycled in airplane cabins so it’s probably best that all passengers and crew members get themselves checked as soon as possible.
To make matters worse, those who had direct physical contact with the passengers of SQ285 may have easily contracted the disease too.
This includes those at the flight gates and baggage claim — maybe even the ground staff involved.
Dr Micheal Hale, a medical officer who spoke with Channel NewsAsia, suggested that passengers who sat in rows 31-49 are at higher risk being infected.
So do take note and tell your friends!
What are symptoms of measles?
Here’s a helpful PSA to help you recognise the symptoms of measles.
Measles, although more common in children, can still infect adults if they weren’t vaccinated against the virus before.
In summary, measles create red blotchy skin rashes that can be fatal to small children, according to Mayoclinic.org.
Other symptoms you should look out for:
- Dry cough
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Inflamed eyes (Conjunctivitis)
- Tiny white spots
- Skin rash made of flat blotches
Measles symptoms appear 10-14 days after contracting the virus, so it may not be obvious in the short-run if passengers are infected.
Treatment for measles
Getting vaccinated for measles is reportedly a way to stop symptoms from getting worse.
There’s also no medicine that can be prescribed to treat measles as the symptoms usually disappear within 2 to 3 weeks.
However, doctors recommend that you should get plenty of rest to boost your own immune system to fight the virus, and drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.
Alternatively, you could consider placing a humidifier in your room to ease your cough and sore throat.
Spread the word, not the virus
Regardless, if you suspect that you’re infected with measles, do seek immediate medical attention to receive appropriate treatment from a doctor.
In any case, do spread the word if you know anyone who has been on this flight.
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