Measles outbreaks reported in 17 African countries: CDC travel notice

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a number of countries in Africa are experiencing measles outbreaks and says that all travelers to Africa, including infants and preschool children, should be fully vaccinated against measles, according to vaccination schedules. of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). .

Measles outbreak in Africa
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In Africa, health officials in 17 listed countries have reported measles outbreaks, which means the number of measles cases is higher than normal: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali and Mozambique Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Togo.

Destinations reporting measles outbreaks are not the only places where infection is a risk. Places where measles is common may have many cases but are not considered common. Measles can also spread in airports, on public transportation, and in tourist attractions. It is critical that travelers be protected against measles, no matter the destination.

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Measles is transmitted from person to person through breathing, coughing or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include a rash, high fever, cough, and runny nose or red, watery eyes. People can spread measles up to 4 days before the rash appears and 4 days after. Measles can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia, and even death.

Getting vaccinated with a measles-containing vaccine is the best way to make sure you’re protected. Two measles-containing vaccines are available in the United States: the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for those 6 months and older, and the measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (MMRV) vaccine for children ages 1 to 12. If you are 12 months or older, you need two doses of the measles vaccine to be fully protected. Children between 6 and 11 months of age should receive one dose of the vaccine, although this dose is not considered the first dose in a series of routine childhood vaccinations. You are also protected if you have laboratory confirmation of a previous measles infection or if you were born before 1957.

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