Measles in France (Val Thorens) update

26 March 2019

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French public health authorities report an outbreak of measles is continuing in the ski resort of Val Thorens (Auvergne-Rhone Alpes).

As of 13 March 2019, there have been 53 cases of measles, nearly all among seasonal workers aged 19 – 42 years. Cases linked to the outbreak have been identified in Belgium, Scotland, Denmark, and the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

Travel may increase an individual’s risk of exposure to measles virus, and facilitate the spread of disease to unvaccinated and susceptible populations. Travax encourages all travellers, particularly children, to ensure that they are up to date pre-travel with UK national schedule vaccines, which includes having received two doses of a measles containing vaccine, unless they have had a prior measles infection.

Further information and advice on travel to France and on the MMR vaccine is available to view on the Travax (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Sources: Travax, 18 March 2019 and fitfortravel, 18 March 2019