Measles outbreak in Iceland

Four cases of measle infection have come up in Iceland in the past few days, with the youngest being an eleven year old child. Authorities are asking the general public to make sure they are vaccinated and say that this is the most serious measles outbreak in decades. 

Children in Iceland are vaccinated for measles at 18 months old.  The virus is thought to have entered into the country via a person that came to Iceland from the Philippines last February 14 on an Icelandair flight. 

Doctors ask those who suspect they have the illness to stay at home. Anyone displaying symptoms including high temperature, cold-like symptoms, redness or swelling of the eyes and/or a rash should also telephone their health centre, but not attend in person. 


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