Measles lingers on Praslin, more measles news

Over the two weeks from Jan 28, measles cases increased from 34 to almost 80 (both confirmed and suspected cases) and were seen in all age groups from the islands of Praslin and Mahé. Read more. In our region, in the reporting week to Feb 12, Tonga registered three more measles cases, all from the island of Tongatapu. And encouraging measles stats in New Zealand after it registered the second week without cases since the outbreak began in March last year. For this public health event to be closed, two 28-day incubation periods must lapse without new cases.

Advice for travellers

Measles occurs in developing and developed countries and unvaccinated travellers are at particular risk, both in transit and during their stay. 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 at least 6 weeks before departure. Read more about measles.

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.