Deadly measles outbreak in Cameroon

Measles has claimed the lives of 9 children during an outbreak of this infection in Benakuma Health District in the Menchum Division. An active vaccination campaign is underway to contain this highly infectious disease.

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Advice For Travellers

Outbreaks of measles can occur frequently anywhere in the world at any time. Complications from measles are more common in children younger than 5 years old and adults 20 years and older. Unvaccinated travellers often spread the disease when they return to their countries. Travellers can reduce their risk of infection with measles virus by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including measles, are up-to-date prior to travelling.