Outbreak Notice; Measles Update

According to the CDC…

Europe

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has reported 10,386 suspected measles cases in 2012, mostly in the western regions of the country bordering on Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. The Ukraine Ministry of Health has reported strengthened preventive measures for measles, including vaccination planning, surveillance, and reporting. Anyone traveling to Ukraine or Poland, including those attending the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected.

As of May 23, 2012, 1,268 cases of measles have been reported from Romania in 2012. There were 4,015 cases reported in Romania in 2011.

As of May 23, 2012, in France, 358 cases of measles have been reported in 2012. There were 15,206 cases reported in France in 2011.

In the United Kingdom, as of April 29, 2012, 1,279 suspected measles cases have been reported in 2012, mostly in Liverpool, Knowsley, and Sefton. There were 1,083 measles cases reported from the United Kingdom in 2011. Anyone traveling to the United Kingdom, including those attending the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games or Wimbledon in London, who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected.

As of May 23, 2012, Spain has reported 182 measles cases and Italy has reported 133 measles cases in 2012.

What Is Measles?

Measles is spread by contact with an infected person and through coughing and sneezing. Measles virus can remain active and contagious for up to 2 hours in the air or on surfaces.

How Can Travelers Protect Themselves?

Talk to your doctor to see if you need a measles vaccination before you travel. People who cannot show that they were vaccinated as children and who have never had measles should probably be vaccinated.

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