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Measles in the United States of America

20 Jan 2015

An outbreak of measles in the state of California has been linked to Disneyland theme park, where an individual, infectious with measles, visited the park between 17-20 December 2014.

The majority of cases have been located in California, however, the outbreak is expanding to include individuals who had not visited Disneyland and other states. A total of 51 confirmed cases has been reported. States affected include: California, Colorado, Utah and Washington.

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.