Latest update on measles outbreak in Merseyside, England (update)

Since the beginning of 2012, an on-going outbreak of measles in Merseyside has resulted in 359 confirmed and 157 probable cases of measles. The most affected people were children under five years of age and young adults older than 15. Most cases have been sporadic with only a few outbreaks in nurseries. No outbreaks have been reported in schools. It was noted that only 3% of the confirmed cases who were eligible for vaccination actually were fully immunised.

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

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