CDC Travel Health Notices

The CDC has issued Watch Level 1 notices for travel to the following countries:

The Phillippines

What is the current situation?

According to the World Health Organization, 57,564 suspected cases of measles, including 21,403 confirmed cases and 110 measles deaths, were reported in the Philippines from January 1 through December 20, 2014. Additionally, during 2014, 25 US travelers who returned from the Philippines have become sick with measles. Most of these cases were among unvaccinated people. The World Health Organization and the Philippines Department of Health are working to control the outbreak, including conducting vaccination campaigns.

Vietnam

What is the current situation?

According to the World Health Organization, about 17,267 suspected measles cases, including 5,568 confirmed cases and 2 measles deaths, were reported in Vietnam as of December 20, 2014.

CDC recommends that travelers to the Philippines and Vietnam protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles, particularly infants 6–11 months of age (1 dose of measles vaccine) and children 12 months of age or older (2 doses of measles vaccine). Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally.