Blog | Monday, February 28, 2011

QD: News Every Day--Travelers bring measles back to the U.S.

Two separate incidents have prompted health officials to inoculate travelers and co-workers of people who brought active measles infections with them into the U.S.

The first was a woman returning to from London, connecting through Denver International Airport to Albuquerque, N.M. Health officials are still seeking people who may have sat near the woman on the plane. The second woman returned from France to her office in Boston while ill, reports Reuters. Officials inoculated 180 co-workers in the building.

Photo by CDC/ Cynthia S. Goldsmith; William Bellini, Ph.D. This thin-section transmission electron micrograph revealed the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle, or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that measles outbreaks occur regularly on a global basis. "Measles outbreaks are common in many areas, including Europe, making the risk for exposure to measles high for many U.S. travelers and U.S. citizens living in other countries (expatriates)," says the CDC website. "Because of this risk of measles in both developed and developing countries, all international travelers should be up to date on immunizations, regardless of the travel destination. In addition, expatriates should make sure they are vaccinated against measles, especially in areas where outbreaks are reported."