However, in the days following the race, there was a scare for the organisers of the Australian GP 2019. Apparently one of the spectators, reportedly a woman, was suffering from a nasty bout of measles. Conventional wisdom suggests that the patient avoid contact with other people to avoid the disease spreading as it is contagious.
Evidently, the female patient never got the memo and attended the Australian GP anyway. The areas she visited were the Jones stand on the Saturday and the Fangio stand on the Sunday. Other possible areas were the Gate 2 entrance and food areas at Gate 1.
As it turns out, it wasn’t an isolated case and it is the third such occurrence in the island continent.
A statement from the Australian health department read, “Anyone who presents with signs and symptoms compatible with measles should be tested and notified to the department.”
“There should be an especially high index of suspicion if they have attended any of the areas stated above and are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated for measles.”
Hopefully nobody has been seriously affected by the disease and that it hasn’t spread yet to other spectators.
In the mean time, the Formula One fraternity will be heading to Bahrain next week for the GP there.