Measles in Myanmar
06 Sep 2016
A media report of the 28 August 2016 asserts that approximately 80 children have died due to a measles outbreak in the Naga villages. In response the government is alleged to have quarantined the Naga Self-Administered Zone to control spread of the disease. Additionally, the Ministry of Health has advised of plans to distribute vaccines in October, November and December 2016.
Advice for Travellers
It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-13 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.