Extensive measles outbreak in Punjab proves deadly for many children

During the past three days, there have been 7 deaths reported in children due to measles in the city of Lahore. The total number of deaths in this widespread epidemic has reached 53. There are undoubtedly large numbers of infected children due to low vaccination rates in the general population. Vaccination clinics are st up to try to contain the spread of this virus.

Travellers are reminded that outbreaks of the highlycontagious measles virus can occur anywhere in the world at any time.Travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to the highly contagious measlesvirus by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including measles,are up-to-date prior to travelling.

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