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Measles in Nigeria

08 Mar 2016

Government health officials in Lagos state have reported two separate measles outbreaks. The first outbreak occurred in January 2016, in the Ikate, Lekke area of Lagos and resulted in 20 deaths. The second outbreak was reported in February 2016, occurring in the state of Sokoto, in the north of the country. More than 300 cases and 23 deaths were recorded.

(Via Healthmap - accessed 08/03/16)

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-13 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months. Unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.