Major measles epidemic continues in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo

An epidemic of measles in Katanga has continued throughout 2015 with at least 39,619 cases including 474 deaths. More than 77 percent of the affected children were aged 1-5 years, and 88 percent of the children who died were from this age group. Twenty four of 68 health zones have been affected by the epidemic.

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Advice For Travellers

Any traveller to this province who is not vaccinated against measles will have a high risk of becoming infected. 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.

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