Measles introduced in Magdalena, Colombia, by a traveller

A traveller coming from Switzerland has inadvertently introduced measles in Magdalena, resulting in 5 secondary cases. A measles vaccination campaign has been implemented to control the spread of the disease. The report does not say where the Swiss traveller might have been infected while travelling.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers are reminded that measles is a highly infectious disease, and unless they have been vaccinated, travellers can be the agents to spread the disease widely.

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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