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Measles in Ethiopia (Update)

30 Dec 2014

Measles is an ongoing problem in Ethiopia despite Government mass immunization campaigns. In 2014,large numbers of measles cases continue to occur. More than 15 500 suspected cases were reported from 249 districts of the country, of those, 8625 were confirmed as positive for 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.