Measles on the rise in France

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In France, 64 of 94 metropolitan departments have recorded measles cases, with over 1,000 infections from early November 2017 to 19 March 2018.

French public health authorities have said that 87 per cent of cases were either unvaccinated or under-vaccinated and the highest incidence has been in children aged younger than 12 months.

Forty-seven per cent of all cases have been reported in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

With warnings that one infected individual can transmit the infection to 15-20 others who are non-immune, vaccination buses have been sent to university campuses.

Advice to travellers is that measles is a highly contagious virus that occurs in both developing and developed countries. Although it is generally benign, infection can in some cases lead to severe illness or even death.

Travelvax Australia recommends that travellers check their immunisation status for measles and other childhood diseases such as diphtheria, whooping cough and mumps six weeks before departure.