Measles in Venezuela

Released: April 25, 2018

Why is measles a risk for travellers?

Measles is one of the leading causes of death in young children. Measles circulates in most regions of the world including Africa, Asia and Europe.

In Canada, reported cases of measles originate from travellers. Once measles arrives in Canada with an infected traveller, it can be spread to groups of people that are not vaccinated and cause an outbreak. 

Travellers are at an increased risk of measles infection if they:

What is the situation in Venezuela?

Since June 2017, Venezuela has reported over 1000 confirmed cases of measles. Cases have been reported in the following states: Apure, Anzoategui, Bolivar, the Capital District, Delta Amacuro, Miranda, Monagas, Vargas and Zulia. The majority of cases have been reported in the state of Bolivar.

What is measles?

Measles is a highly contagious disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Early symptoms of measles include small, white spots inside the mouth and throat. After three to seven days, a red blotchy rash develops on the face and spreads down the body. Measles can be contagious from four days before until four days after the rash appears.

How to protect yourself from measles

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

Get vaccinated for measles

Measles can be easily prevented with a vaccine. In Canada, the measles vaccine is part of our routine immunization schedule. Travellers should make sure their measles vaccination is up-to-date, regardless of their travel destination:

Wash your hands frequently

Practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette

Monitor your health

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