Measles outbreaks in many countries

Measles cases and outbreaks are being reported by the following countries:

Liberia (Montserrado county) - after a “few” cases were detected, a local vaccination campaign is underway to prevent more cases
South Sudan (Maban county, Upper Nile state) - 2 child deaths

Canada -

  • Vancouver, British Columbia - 2 high school students diagnosed with measles after flying from Beijing [China]
  • Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec - 10 cases in Toronto; 150 cases in Quebec

USA - So far this year, 178 cases from 17 states and the District of Columbia

  • California - 123 people in 11 different counties
  • Florida - confirmed case in an adult international traveler who attended a conference in Kissimmee, Florida
  • Oklahoma - international traveller is first case in state since 1997

Outbreaks of measles can occur frequently anywhere in the world at any time. 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.