Measles outbreak after 12 years without endemic transmission, Portugal, February to May 2017

F. George, J. Valente, G. F. Augusto, A. J. Silva, N. Pereira, T. Fernandes, P. Palminha, B. A. Aguiar, A. Martins, E. Santos, P. Valente, E. Calé, A. Leça, Paulo Jorge Nogueira*

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Abstract

We report a measles outbreak in two Portuguese health regions (Algarve and Lisbon and the Tagus Valley) since February 2017, and which by 31 May resulted in 28 confirmed cases, of which 16 were unvaccinated. Thirteen cases were healthcare workers. One unvaccinated teenager died. Genotype B3 was identified in 14 cases from both regions. This outbreak occurs after 12 years without endemic measles transmission, and in a context of high measles vaccination coverage and immunity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume22
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

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