Measles is a new concern in Liberia

Officials in Margibi County have reported 77 new cases of measles with 6 deaths. The cases were reported from 4 health districts, i.e., Gibi, Mahnban Kaba, Marshall and Kakata during the past 2 weeks.

Due to the near collapse of the public health system in Liberia due to the recent Ebola outbreak, authorities have warned that a major measles epidemic might occur due to the inability to provide vaccination services. 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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