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Travel Health News – February 2019

A white page appears on a wooden desktop next to two starfish and a passport with money and a ticket inside. It says "Travel Health Alerts FEB 2019 Measles, Polio, and Zika Virus outbreaks in popular destinations."

Measles outbreaks keep spreading to popular travel destinations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel notices for the following countries:

Brazil, Colombia, Congo, England, France, Greece Indonesia, Isreal, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Moldova, the Phillippines, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine.

Travellers are advised to receive the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before leaving the country.

Pregnant women are warned not to travel to India after reports of a Zika virus outbreak.

The Zika virus may cause severe birth defects and is spread through sex and mosquito bites.

Polio outbreak in Indonesia due to low vaccination rates.

The CDC advises adults heading to Indonesia get a single, lifetime Polio booster shot following the Polio vaccinations received during childhood.