Measles outbreaks reported by several countries

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

  • Sierra Leone - Kono district reports an outbreak of measles in 7 out of 14 chiefdoms
  • Brazil - the current 18 month long outbreak in Ceará has resulted in 141 cases
  • France - 169 cases in Alsace Region; 10 people hospitalized
  • New Zealand - sporadic case traced to to a guest who stayed at the SkyCity Hotel, Auckland

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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.