Measles Outbreak Worldwide
There have been reported cases of measles worldwide, with 14,600 cases across Europe, including France, Germany, Greece and Romania.
Measles is highly infectious and travellers to countries with outbreaks who are not protected against this illness can bring back the infection to the UK leading to outbreaks.
Measles is a viral infection spread through coughing and sneezing. It is estimated to have a death rate of 1 per 5000 cases. The disease is easily preventable with vaccination. Two doses of the MMR (combined Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine) provides lifelong protection against the disease. It is important before travelling to ensure that you have protection against this highly infectious and potentially life-threatening disease.