Major increase in measles cases in Turkey

In part due to the huge influx of Syrian refugees as well as returning travellers from Europe, health authorities in Turkey have reported a 20-fold increase in measles cases this year. A total of almost 6000 cases were registered in the 1st 6 months of 2013, particularly in the southern provinces. 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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