Measles in Micronesia (Update)
09 Jul 2014
The measles outbreak in two states of the Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae and Pohnpei) is said to be under control.
The state of Pohnpei is hosting a ten day sporting event which opens on 20 July 2014, where 15 000 athletes are due to compete. A mass immunisation campaign has been running in response to the outbreak, targeting infants, children and adults up to the age of 49 years. Vaccine coverage is reported to be around 84% at present. A total of 132 confirmed measles cases have been recorded in Pohnpei. The number of suspescted cases has not been stated in this media report.
The Games Organising Committee has alerted those taking part in the games about the recent measles outbreak and has recommended vaccination if not already protected against measles.
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.