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Measles in Madagascar (Update 3)

18 Feb 2019

According to media quoting the World Health Organisation  measles continues to spread in Madagascar, with 66 000 cases including around 1000 deaths now reported from across the country.

All regions of Madagascar are 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.