- POSTED: 15 Jan 2014 14:37
- UPDATED: 15 Jan 2014 23:30
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Singapore Airlines (SIA) is assisting both New Zealand and Singapore health authorities with contact information of customers who were seated in the vicinity of a passenger who had contracted measles.
SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is assisting both New Zealand and Singapore health authorities with contact information of customers who were seated in the vicinity of a passenger who had contracted measles.
SIA said this is for the purpose of contact tracing and further investigations.
The passenger had travelled from Singapore to Auckland on Sunday on flight SQ281 which arrived at night.
A SIA spokesperson said the airline was informed on Tuesday that one of its passengers on that flight had been infected with measles.
The spokesperson added that SIA will provide its full cooperation to the health authorities of both countries.
There were 260 other passengers on board SQ281.
New Zealand’s health authorities estimate that those passengers would have since been in close contact with at least another 100 people.
SIA added that there are no reports of its cabin crew or ground staff being infected.
The crew has been informed to look out for any related symptoms over the next week.
As for disinfecting the aircraft, SIA said the ventilation systems on its aircraft are designed for air to be changed every two or three minutes, which is at a higher rate than that in most buildings.
SIA also uses High Efficiency Particulate Arrestor (HEPA) filters in its aircraft ventilation systems.
The filters are similar to those used in critical wards of hospital and clean rooms, and are replaced regularly in compliance with industry regulations.