Major measles problem in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo

An on-going measles outbreak in Katanga Province has resulted in 428 deaths and at least 30,000 infected people. Since mid-August, there have been 100 new deaths among 10,000 additional cases. A vaccination campaign has been hampered by insufficient funds and poor roads and health services.

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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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