Europe trav­el­ers told to take measles pre­cau­tions

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Peo­ple plan­ning to travel to Europe should take steps to avoid con­tract­ing measles as there has been a surge in the num­ber of cases re­ported there, Tai­wan’s Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC) said Thurs­day.

Trav­el­ers who do not have measles im­mu­nity are ad­vised to get vac­ci­nated two to four weeks be­fore their de­par­ture for Europe, the CDC ad­vised.

It said that if symptoms such as a fever, nasal in­flam­ma­tion or rash de­velop dur­ing a trip to Europe, med­i­cal treat­ment should be sought im­me­di­ately.

France, Italy and Ger­many are among the most heav­ily af­fected coun­tries, with 884 cases re­ported in the Ger­man cap­i­tal as of late March, the CDC said, not­ing that this means an av­er­age 15 new cases per day in Ber­lin.

So far this year, Tai­wan has re­ported one case of measles, which it said was im­ported from China.

Measles is a vi­ral in­fec­tion that af­fects the re­s­pi­ra­tory sys­tem, im­mune sys­tem and skin. The symptoms usu­ally ap­pear seven to 14 days af­ter ex­po­sure to an in­fected per­son.

Most peo­ple with­out im­mu­nity to the measles virus will con­tract it if they are living in the same space as an in­fected per­son or come in con­tact with flu­ids from an in­fected per­son’s nose and mouth, ei­ther di­rectly or air­borne.

Wide­spread vac­ci­na­tion, es­pe­cially at a young age, has erad­i­cated measles in most de­vel­oped coun­tries.

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