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CDC Urges Travelers to Israel to Protect Themselves from Measles
Date:4/14/2008

p to 2 hours on infected surfaces. Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Some people with measles can also get an ear infection, diarrhea, serious lung infection, or, even more rarely, inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).

The disease can be especially severe in people who are malnourished or have a weak immune system. In the United States, most people born before 1957 -- or those who have had a documented case of measles, laboratory evidence of immunity, or received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or measles vaccine -- are considered immune.

Vaccination even shortly before or after exposure may prevent disease or lessen the symptoms in people who are infected with measles. Immune globulin given up to six days after exposure may prevent disease among people at high risk for complications of measles (such as pregnant women, people with weak immune systems and children).

For more information about the measles outbreak in Israel and measles

precautions, please visit http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentMeasles.aspx.

For more information on general travel precautions when traveling to

Israel for Passover, please visit

http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentIsraelPassover.aspx.


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