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Measles in Mauritius

07 Sep 2018

The World Health Organisation reported that between 18 March 2018 and 25 August 2018, a total of 808 confirmed measles cases, including three deaths (case fatality ratio 0.4%), have been reported. The three reported deaths occurred among immunocompromised adults, aged between 29 and 31 years. Two districts, Port Louis and Black River, have been the most affected.

Advice for Travellers

Travel may increase an individual’s risk of exposure to measles virus, and facilitate the spread of disease to unvaccinated and susceptible populations. Two doses of MMR vaccine, at least one month apart, are required to give adequate protection.

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 4 months. Unvaccinated adults who have not had measles themselves should seek advice from a healthcare professional regarding measles vaccination.

For further information see Measles.