Measles outbreaks in Liberia are consequence of Ebola epidemic

Many public health disease control programs such as measles vaccination were hampered or discontinued when the Ebola outbreak consumed the already scarce resources available for disease prevention and control. As more or less expected, there are reports of outbreaks of measles with 363 cases and 4 deaths so far. Children between the ages of 9 and 60 months are the most affected. The cases are concentrated in Grand Bassa, Margibi, Montserrado and Sinoe. Vaccination campaigns have re-started.

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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