Measles cases in 2012: summary of "hot" spots

In 2012, reported cases of measles in member states of the European Union returned to more normal levels. The total number of measles cases in 2012 reached 7,016 (compared 30,000 reported cases in 2011). Many countries reported only isolated cases but 5 countries (France, Italy, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom) accounted for 94 per cent of the reported cases.

Major “hot” spots for measles transmission included Greater Manchester (Bolton and Wigam) in England and Sindh Province in Pakistan.

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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