Measles outbreaks and cases reported in Chile and USA

The following countries are reporting cases and outbreaks of measles:

  • Chile - 7 related cases, including adults, in a mini-outbreak; the first case was in a traveller returning from China
  • USA - first death in an adult with pre-existing medical conditions since 2003 in Washington State

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Advice For Travellers

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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