Major measles problem in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo

So far this year, more than 23,000 cases of measles have been reported in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Approximately 400 of them, mostly children, have died.

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Advice For Travellers

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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