Europe travelers told to take measles precautions
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.