Major measles risk in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Since the beginning of March, there has been a major increase in the number of reported cases of measles, mainly in the Malemba Nkulu health zone where hundreds of new cases are registered every week. On occasion this number has reached 1,000 cases per week.

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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 exposure to measles virus by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including measles, are up-to-date prior to travelling.

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