The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is cautioning travelers about an outbreak of measles in Belgium, Germany and Italy.
The CDC website issued a Level 1 watch for the three countries, recommending that travelers “protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles. Getting measles vaccine is particularly important for infants 6–11 months of age (1 dose of measles vaccine) and children 1 year of age or older (2 doses of measles vaccine). Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally.”
In Italy, the Italian Health Ministry on Wednesday reported there have been 1,473 reported cases of measles in the country since January 1, compared to 866 cases in 2016, Wired Italy reported. Vaccination against measles is not mandatory in Italy, and while 785% of the population is protected in that way the World Health Organization (WHO) says 95% coverage is needed to keep epidemics at bay.