Measles: Global Update

Updated: May 02, 2017

Travel Health Notice

Measles is a highly contagious disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air. It is one of the leading causes of death in young children worldwide.

Measles can be easily prevented by a safe and cost-effective vaccine.

Measles is still circulating in many parts of the world. You are at an increased risk of the measles infection if you have not had the illness, if you have not had the vaccine or have only received one of the two recommended doses.


Where is measles a concern?

You can find a map of reported measles cases worldwide on the World Health Organization (WHO) website. Areas of higher concern include China, Guinea, India, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Romania.  


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

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

1. Get vaccinated for measles

Travellers should make sure they have received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) or measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) 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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