Increase in measles cases in South Africa worry authorities

Health authorities have noted an increase in reports of measles cases in Northern Cape (18 cases), Gauteng (10 cases, including Pretoria y Johannesburg), Western Cape (4 cases) and KwaZulu-Natal (6 cases).

Outbreaks of measles can occur frequently anywhere in the world at any time. Unvaccinated travellers often spread the disease when they return to their countries. Travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to measles virus by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including measles, are up-to-date prior to travelling.

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