The end of July is right around the corner and thousands of people are being given the opportunity to travel to London, England for the 2012 Olympic Games. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently released a statement regarding the possibility of a Measles outbreak during the games. The CDC stated that the ‘disease knows no borders’ and expressed that tourists could easily import Measles from the country which they are traveling from, as well as contract the disease and bring it home with them.
The prevalence of the disease was lowered greatly in developed countries but then started to grow again once anti-vaccinations movements began to increase. Americans planning on traveling to London have been advised to make sure they have had proper Measles vaccinations before traveling abroad to ensure the safety of themselves and others. If an individual’s vaccinations are not up to date, it is crucial that they see their doctor to receive them before they get on the plane.
- Affects all age groups.
- Measles can be fatal in children – about one or two out of every 1,000 children infected die from measles.
- Highly infectious and characterized by a red, blotchy rash that begins on the face.
- Spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes or shares food or drink with a person who is susceptible to the virus.
With the possibility so high, make sure you are vaccinated and protected from the potential health and safety risk!