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Measles Outbreak in Romania (Update)

27 Mar 2017

On 24 March 2017, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reported that the current outbreak of measles in Romania has been epidemiologically linked to previous and ongoing measles outbreaks in other EU countries.

Romania has reported 3799 cases from September 2016 to 17 March 2017. Response measures continue to be implemented at national level through reinforced vaccination activities.

Advice for Travellers

Young people who missed their MMR vaccines as children are vulnerable. It should be confirmed that children and young people have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-13 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 4 months. Unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves should consider vaccination if thought to be at risk.

Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.