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Measles in Pakistan

19 Apr 2016

The media has reported that physicians in Karachi and interior Sindh are informally reporting many measles cases and assert that Sindh, particularly Karachi, is currently experiencing a measles outbreak.

The number of cases and case fatality rate is currently unknown.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while 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.