Measles in 2 travellers (Canada and USA) illustrate need to check immunization status before travelling

A case of measles has been confirmed in a returning traveller in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Although no additional cases have been identified so far, authorities are warning the public who might have been in contact with this case. Meanwhile, in Newark, Texas, an outbreak of 20 cases in a particular church congregation has been traced to a returning traveller. These 2 cases are reminders for all travellers that they can be exposed to and infected by the highly contagious measles virus anywhere in the world at any time. Travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to the highly contagious measles virus and of spreading the virus when they return home by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including measles, are up-to-date prior to travelling.

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