Medical Alert 12–18 JULY 2018 - WEEKS 28-29
Brazil: Measles outbreak

A measles outbreak is underway in three states: Amazonas, Rio Grande do Sul and Roraima.

More than 990 suspected cases have been reported in the ongoing outbreak of which over 110 are confirmed.

Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations.

The Ministry of Health has implemented a vaccination campaign and have strengthened the surveillance and outbreak control measures

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