Measles: global update


Updated: August 15, 2014

Travel health notice

Measles cases occur around the world. Within the last 10 years, the number of measles cases reported globally has decreased significantly; however, there have been a number of large outbreaks, mostly in Africa and Europe. The Americas, including Canada, have experienced outbreaks of measles, when the virus has been imported from other regions.

Travellers who are not immune to measles (those who have not been vaccinated or have not been infected with the disease) have an increased risk of infection. For example, travel through international airports, including those in Canada, may increase your chance of exposure to the disease.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reminds travellers to make sure their measles vaccination is up-to-date. Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It is one of the leading causes of death in children worldwide.

Where is measles a concern?

Measles remains a common disease worldwide.A map of reported measles cases worldwide is available on the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

Recommendations

Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

1. Get vaccinated

Canadians are reminded to keep all vaccinations up-to-date. See the recommended routine vaccine schedule for further information.

Travellers should be up-to-date on measles immunization regardless of their travel destination.

2. Wash your hands frequently

3. Practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette

4. Monitor your health

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