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Measles Advisory April 2008 — Measles is a highly contagious disease that is transmitted by respiratory droplets and airborne spread. The disease can result in severe complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis. Although measles is no longer a common disease in the United States, it remains widespread in most countries of the world, including some countries in Europe. Current outbreaks in the United States highlight the ongoing risk of measles importations from other countries by people who travel. These outbreaks also highlight the importance of vaccination to prevent imported measles cases and to prevent the spread of such cases in susceptible U.S. populations. A recent CDC Health Advisory provides information regarding measles outbreaks in the United States and about the prevention and control of the disease: Measles outbreaks in the United States: Public health preparedness, control and response in healthcare settings and the community.

Measles news releases
The links below are useful for finding current reports about measles as well as searching archives to find news releases provided by media sources (NNii) and information provided from reports communicated from the international infectious disease community (ProMED).

National Network for Immunization Information (exit site)

Promed posts (exit site)

Other sources of information for Measles surveillance
item Pan American Health Organization

Central Public Health Laboratory, UK

item Canada: Laboratory Centre for Disease Control
item Chile: Surveillance
item World Health Organization
Measles Initiative
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