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Measles in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

30 Jul 2015

An increase in measles cases has been reported from the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Between 01 January and 30 June 2015, 73 measles cases were recorded; of those, 79% were unimmunised against measles. The age of cases ranged from one month to 43 years.

The Director-General of Health is advising parents to attend their nearest government clinics to have their children immunised 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. 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.