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Measles in Ukraine

10 Jan 2012

A measles outbreak in Ukraine is ongoing and further cases have been reported. Since the outbreak began in July 2011, a total of 1472 suspected measles cases has been recorded by the Ministry of Health.

A total of 1395 suspected cases have been reported from the western regions: Lviv (959), Ivano-Frankivsk (296), Volyn (59), Rivne (50) and Carpathian (31).

As of 3 January 2012, 9 suspected measles cases have been recorded in Kiev, with 79 reported from other regions.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.