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Measles in Germany (Update)

25 Jun 2015

The ongoing measles outbreak in Germany is beginning to wind down in places.

During the first 5 months of 2015, a total of 2203 cases were recorded. The worst affected area is Berlin with 1141 cases; followed by: Sachsen 268 cases, Th├╝ringen 168 cases, Baden-W├╝rttemberg 108 cases and Bayern 106 cases.

The situation is improving in Berlin as 12 new infections were reported in the last week compared to 156 in epidemiological week 12, in March 2015.

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. 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.