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In the 73 cases recorded in the city so far this year, 29 were related to the airport outbreak.
Two saleswoman, both 25, and one salesman, 30, admitted to hospital after catching the highly infectious disease, bring the number of cases in Hong Kong this year to 73.
134-metre Freewinds is normally based in Curacao and is used for religious retreats.
Measles tests are necessary to protect both the domestic helpers and those in their care.
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Measles has been on the rise globally. More than 110,000 cases were reported in the first three months of 2019, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Cautious implementation of the staff vaccination programme by phases reflects prudent use of the tight supply of vaccines and a priority to protect higher-risk patients.
Everyone understands measles vaccines and test kits are scarce resources, but pregnant women and their fetuses are the most vulnerable group in society. To refuse a heavily pregnant employee a measles antibody blood test is shocking.
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New infections bring number in the city since start of the year to 61.
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The 30-year-old man, who worked at a restaurant in Terminal 2, developed fever on Thursday and rash the following day.
Customer service officer contracted the illness despite a previous vaccination.
The 20-year-old nurse works in the medical ward of Princess Margaret Hospital, where a radiographer was found to be infected this week. One supplier of vaccines has told the Department of Health there will be a change in the supplies set to arrive in April.
Seven more people were found to be infected on Thursday, bringing the total to 50. Two of the new patients, who both worked at the airport, had received three doses of vaccine.
Number of cases in Hong Kong rises to 40, almost three times as many as last year, and 19 of those work at the airport.
Two more airport staff members infected, including 24-year-old woman who was reported to have been immunised, taking total for year in city to 36.
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Staff member, who works in customer relations department, is 13th airline and airport employee infected, and flight attendants accuse airline of not doing enough to protect them against disease.
City recorded only 15 cases of the illness in the whole of last year, but the first three months of 2019 alone have seen more than double that number.
The Philippines and Indonesia have had the world’s second- and third- highest rates of measles, behind India, for the past two years. Mistrust, fraud, religious and ethical concerns are fuelling anti-vaccine sentiment.
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The number of cases of the disease reported in the city this year has already exceeded those for each of the last four years.
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