Measles is a risk in the Philippines

As of mid-February this year, according to the World Health Organization, there were 234 suspected and confirmed cases of measles and no deaths. However, in 2014, there were about 79,000 suspected and confirmed cases of measles, including 110 deaths.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Measles.