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Measles outbreak in Europe

5 April 2017

The Department of Health is encouraging all parents travelling to Europe to ensure their child’s measles immunisations are up to date.

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Measles outbreaks continue to occur in areas whenever the vaccination coverage drops below 95%. Currently the largest outbreaks recorded in Europe are in Italy and Romania. However, outbreaks may even occur in countries that have eliminated the disease.

Measles is highly contagious and is spread via direct contact and through the air. Common symptoms include fever, rash, fatigue, cough, runny nose and a loss of appetite. Serious symptoms may also include pneumonia, fever or convulsions.

Travellers returning from Europe that are experiencing any of these symptoms are encouraged to consult their doctor. Due to the contagiousness of measles you may need to be isolated to prevent spreading the virus.

Further information can be found on the World Health Organisation (WHO) (external site) website.