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Get measles vaccination before traveling to Olympics

2012/06/02 15:46:53

Taipei, June 2 (CNA) People are urged to get vaccinated against measles before traveling to the United Kingdom for the Olympic Games because a number of cases have been reported there this year, Taiwan's national health agency said Saturday.

As of April 29, there were 1,279 suspected cases of measles in the U.K., 196 more than the same period in 2011, according to a statement released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

With the measles season underway in Europe, people attending the Games are advised to consult doctors about inoculation programs two to four weeks before departure, the CDC said.

Ukraine, which is hosting the European Football Championship this month, has also seen a large number of measles cases this year, with 9,678 reported cases since May 23, the CDC noted.

Measles is a highly infectious disease that can be transmitted via the air, respiratory droplets and direct contact with patients. Infants and those who have not been vaccinated are listed as high risk groups, the health agency said.

Although there are only about 10 cases of measles in Taiwan each year, a small number of imported cases have led to unwanted cluster infections, the CDC said.

(By Nancy Liu)