Measles spreads to 15 provinces

In an update of the measles outbreak spreading across 15 of the 18 provinces this year, children under five years have borne the brunt recording 80 percent of all infections. Hardest hit provinces and case counts as reported in the WHO weekly regional bulletin: Cabinda (436), Malanje (108), Bie (184), Luanda (88), Huambo (54) and Uige (45). The bulletin also provides recent details of the measles outbreaks in Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Kenya and Liberia. The health minister of the DRC this week declared the end of their measles epidemic which over 25 months was responsible for the deaths of more than 7,000 children aged under five.

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.