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Measles in Europe: Update 1

24 Apr 2024

The European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control (ECDC) reports continued transmission of measles in Europe in 2024. As of 12 April 2024, countries reporting cases are:  

Austria: 374 cases

Belgium: 37 cases, with media reports of an additional 11 cases

Bulgaria: 1 case

Cyprus: 18 cases

Czech Republic: 14 cases

Denmark: 11 cases

Estonia: 1 case

Finland: 1 case

France: 69 cases

Germany: 161 cases

Hungary: 12 cases

Ireland: 13 cases

Italy: 213 cases

Lithuania: 20 cases

Malta: 3 cases

Netherlands: 51 cases

Norway: 1 case

Poland: 40 cases

Portugal: 18 cases

Romania: 11 397 cases (12 deaths)

Slovenia: 3 cases

Spain: 25 cases

Sweden: 5 cases

Switzerland: 58 cases

Ukraine: 9 cases

United Kingdom: 1 023 cases (1 October 2023 to 11 April 2024)

Measles is a highly infectious disease spread through sneezing, coughing or direct contact with respiratory fluids. It causes a rash, high temperature (fever) and muscle aches and can have serious complications.

Advice for Travellers

Travelling abroad may increase your risk of measles. Your risk of exposure may be higher if you will be visiting friends and relatives and/or mixing with the local population during your trip.

Two doses of measles vaccine (given as part of MMR in the UK) are needed in your lifetime to fully protect you.

Check with your GP before travelling to ensure you have received two doses of MMR vaccination.

If you have been previously infected with measles, this also provides you with lifelong immunity against the disease.

Children should be up to date with the UK Vaccination Schedule. This includes a dose of MMR vaccine at around 12-13 months, and a second dose usually given from 3 years 4 months of age.

  • If your child has not yet had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, talk to your GP or travel health professional as they may be able to have the vaccine earlier than normal if you are travelling to an area considered to have a high risk of exposure to measles.

See the fitfortravel MMR page for further information.