In response to an increase in measle cases domestically and abroad, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory Message, providing guidance on measles prevention for those traveling this summer.

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that can lead to death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most measles-related fatalities occur in children under five.

CDC’s message encourages people to ensure they’re fully vaccinated against the disease, particularly if they plan on traveling internationally. Clinicians and public health officials are also urged to make people aware of the risk of measles contraction and potential outcomes.

So far, 16 measles cases have been reported in the US this year, with 14 of these linked to international visits. The CDC estimates that twice as many Americans are planning on international travel this year compared to last.

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