There has been a spike in measles infections affecting mainly the capital Prague and, to a lesser extent, the Central region; however another six regions are also reporting cases. Read more (translation required). Also read an update on the outbreaks in France (new data), Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Romania as provided by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) which notes ‘of particular concern is the situation in France and Italy, with cases almost tripling in France since the previous update in March, and more than doubling in Italy.’ Read more . There is also a separate reportfrom Valencia, Spain.
Advice for travellers
A highly contagious virus, measles occurs in developing and developed countries. While generally benign, infection can result in severe illness or death. Travelvax Australia recommends travellers check their immunisation status for measles and other childhood diseases such as diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis) and mumps 6 weeks before departure.
Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.