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Measles Global Travel Watch From CDC


There is currently a Global Travel Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for measles.

Measles is still common in other countries. 

Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world. Each year around the world, an estimated 10 million people get measles, and about 110,000 of them die from it.

In the United States, most of the measles cases result from international travel. The disease is brought into the United States by unvaccinated people who get infected in other countries. Typically 2 out of 3 of these unvaccinated travelers are Americans. They can spread measles to other people who are not protected against measles, which sometimes leads to outbreaks.


Before You Travel - Make sure you and your family are protected against measles. 

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from measles is by getting vaccinated. You should plan to be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before you depart. If your trip is less than 2 weeks away and you’re not protected against measles, you should still get a dose of MMR vaccine. The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine protects against all 3 diseases. Two doses of MMR vaccine provide 97% protection against measles; one dose provides 93% protection.


After You Travel Internationally - Watch for measles.

Measles is highly contagious and can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. An infected person can spread measles to others 4 days before the rash even develops.
Watch your health for 3 weeks after you return. Measles symptoms typically include:
•    high fever (may spike to more than 104° F)
•    cough
•    runny nose (coryza)
•    red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
•    rash (3-5 days after symptoms begin)
If you or your child gets sick with a rash and fever, call your doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor that you traveled abroad, and whether you have received MMR vaccine.

Read all the information from the CDC about measles at this link.