Measles in Greece
What is measles?
Measles is a disease that can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and even death. It is caused by a highly-contagious virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Symptoms of measles are rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes.
- There is an outbreak of measles in Greece.
- Travelers to Greece should make sure they are vaccinated against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
What is the current situation?
Health officials in Greece have reported an outbreak of measles.
What can travelers do to protect themselves?
- Make sure you have already been vaccinated or get fully vaccinated before leaving the United States:
- Infants (6 through 11 months of age) should have 1 dose of MMR vaccine.
- Adults and children over 1 year of age should have 2 doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Learn more about preventing measles and what to do if you think you have it on the measles page for travelers.
What can clinicians do?
Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally.
- Measles Webpage for Travelers
- CDC Measles Homepage
- MMR Vaccine Information Statement
- MMRV Vaccine Information Statement
- Page created: December 20, 2017
- Page last updated: April 24, 2018
- Page last reviewed: April 24, 2018
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