Multiple outbreaks of measles worldwide

Europe
40 of 53 Member States in European Region have reported 26,025 confirmed measles cases for the period January to July 2011. The highest number of cases was reported from France with 14,025 cases. There have been 11 recorded deaths. The most recent outbreak was reported from Israel in September 2011, with 12 cases.

Africa
Large measles outbreaks are being reported by the Democratic Republic of the
Congo, with over 103,000 cases and 1,100 deaths. Nigeria has recorded 17,428 cases, Zambia,
5,397, and Ethiopia, 2,902.
Russia (Astrakhan)

The Americas
The largest, in Quebec, Canada, involves 742 reported cases, 89 of whom required hospitalization, but no measles-associated deaths. Other outbreaks have recently been reported from Ecuador (Tungurahua and Quito), Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, and Chile.

New Zealand (Auckland)
There is no sign that the measles outbreak in Auckland is being brought under control. The latest weekly update from the regional health authorities reports 24 new cases in the past week.

Travellers world wide shoulg be aware that outbreaks of the highly contagious measles virus can occur almost anytime any place in the world. Travellers should ensure that their childhood vaccinations, including measles, are up-to-date prior to travelling.

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