The scourge of measles

While the large measles epidemic in the DRC gains some media coverage, there is much less on the outbreaks in two countries to its north. Suspected cases in Chad this year now total 8,200 and 39 deaths (in Beboto, Kyabe, Goundi, Korbol, Kelo and Guelao) and there has been further spread of the outbreak in the Central African Republic into seven new districts. Read more

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.