CDC Publishes Travel Watch for Philippines Due to Measles Outbreaks
Immunization Action Coalition
April 2, 2014
U.S. clinicians should keep measles in mind when seeing patients who have traveled internationally
On March 18, CDC released a Level 1 Travel Watch ("Practice Usual Precautions") related to measles outbreaks in the Philippines. The first paragraphs of Measles in the Philippines are reprinted below.
According to the Philippines Department of Health, 15,683 suspected cases of measles (3,434 confirmed cases) and 23 measles deaths were reported in the country from January 1 through February 15, 2014. Most cases are in people from Metropolitan Manila, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon. However, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States have reported cases in travelers returning from the Philippines. As of March 13, 13 U.S. travelers who returned from the Philippines have become sick with measles. Most of these cases were among unvaccinated children younger than 2 years old. The World Health Organization and the Philippines Department of Health are working to control the outbreak, including conducting vaccination campaigns.
CDC recommends that travelers to the Philippines protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles, particularly infants 6–11 months of age (1 dose of measles vaccine) and children 12 months of age or older (2 doses of measles vaccine). To read more,click here