Traveling Puts Kids As Risk of Measles: CDC

Although measles has been all but eradicated in the United States since 2000, a few cases of the condition are reported each year. Parents who take their children overseas need to be aware of the dangers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, all of the cases of measles reported in United States children are linked to overseas travel.

The warning about measles in children who travel overseas was brought about by an upswing in cases in the United States. Even countries where measles are not a huge problem are not considered to be safe. Parents who plan to travel abroad with their children should give the child vaccinations before even the recommended course of the disease.

A spokesman for the CDC in Atlanta attributed part of the problem to outdated information. The United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland have seen the number of reported cases in measles increase. Reports from early in this decade and in the 1990s placed the problem areas in China and areas of Southeast Asia.

Rashes and a fever are common symptoms of a case of measles. The disease can lead to death and other complications the disease is not treated properly.

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