Measles outbreaks worldwide; Ecuador may require vaccination certification at airports

Measles cases and/or outbreaks have been reported from the following countries:

Ecuador

The total number of measles cases nationwide has increased to 93. Travellers should be aware that the Ministry of Health has recommended that all travelers leaving or entering Ecuador will have to posses a certificate of vaccination against measles. This proposal is being put into effect at Quito and other international airports. Adult passengers must have certificates of vaccination while children must have actual vaccination documents. Although this measure was to take effect on October 10, 2011, it will not be possible to implement the requirement immediately. Such a measure must be approved by other countries in the region as specified by the International Health Regulations.

New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington)

Travellers are reminded that measles outbreaks may occur at anytime anywhere in the world. Travellers should ensure that their childhood vaccinations are up-to-date prior to travelling.

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