Measles outbreaks in several countries

Cases of measles and outbreaks are being reported by the following countries:

  • Ethiopia - 2,190 suspected measles cases reported in 61 separate outbreaks. Most affected areas include Oromia and Tigray.
  • Sudan - This year, measles has spread across 29 localities in 16 of 18 states. Total cases have reached 1,120. The most affected states include Kassala, Red Sea and North Darfur.
  • Angola - an ongoing measles outbreak that lasted throughout 2014 continues this year with a total of more than 12,000 cases.
  • Canada - an ongoing measles outbreak in Quebec has increased to 158 total cases; sporadic cases in British Columbia
  • USA - sporadic cases reported in California, Colorado and Florida

Outbreaks of measles can occur frequently anywhere in the world at any time. Serious complications, e.g., pneumonia and encephalitis, 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.

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