The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning travelers from the U.S. going to global destinations to take steps to protect themselves against measles.
According to a report just released from the CDC, more than 14,000 cases of measles have been reported in Europe since January 2016. The World Health Organization reports that 35 people have died from measles this past year.
Cases of measles cases have been reported in 15 European countries.
Dr. Gary Brunette of the CDC says travelers get infected while abroad then bring the disease home.
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The CDC recommends that anyone who is not protected either through vaccination or past infection to get vaccinated. Travelers should see their health professional 4-6 weeks before any international travel.
The CDC says measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases.
People with measles usually have a rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Some people also get an ear infection, diarrhea or a serious lung infection. In severe cases, measles can cause a swelling of the brain.