ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Sports fans preparing to jet to the UK for the Olympics are being urged to ensure they are vaccinated against two potentially fatal illnesses.
A government health advisory warns residents to protect themselves against measles and rubella – both of which remain rife in the European region.
Measles and rubella (German measles) were eliminated from the Americas in 2002 and 2009 respectively.
However more than 30,000 cases of measles were reported in Europe last year, resulting in a number of deaths.
Travellers should remain vigilant to symptoms including fever, rash, cough, runny nose and pink eye.
Anyone suffering symptoms is advised to stay in their house or hotel room, except to seek medical care. They should not travel, or attempt to go to work or school, and should avoid close contact with others for seven days after the onset of a rash.
Contact your nearest health centre for more information.