During epidemiological week (EW) 51 (14th-20th December, 2003), Brazil's Health Surveillance Secretariat (Secretaria de Vigilância em Saúde, SVS) reported two cases of measles from Blumenau, Santa Catarina.
PAHO also recommends that any resident of the Americas planning to travel to other regions of the world should be protected against measles and rubella prior to departing on their trip. Travelers who have not been vaccinated against measles and rubella are at risk of contracting these diseases when visiting countries where the viruses are currently circulating. Special efforts should be made to ensure vaccination for women of childbearing age in order to prevent possible infections caused by the rubella virus during pregnancy.
During this year, measles cases, imported and imported related, have been registered in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the United States, and French Guyana. From January to 21 August, 2010, 143 confirmed measles cases have been registered, 40 of which were imported, 37 imported-related, and 66 which are still under investigation or whose source of infection is unknown.
The Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) urges all Member States to strengthen their international travel advisories so that they are protected against measles and rubella prior to departure. This recommendation applies to both incoming travelers and for those traveling outbound of this Region.