Overseas travelers advised to receive measles vaccine [2015/03/06 09:05]

With *measles *outbreaks being reported across the world, health officials in South Korea recommended overseas travelers make sure their *vaccinations are up to date.

“Measles cases are still being reported occasionally in China and the Philippines, and those who are unvaccinated have a 90 percent chance of catching the disease once exposed to the virus,” the Health Ministry said in a statement. “We encourage everyone who plans to go abroad to get their vaccinations before leaving the country.”

According to the nation’s Health Ministry, more than 95 percent of measles patients in Korea last year were *infected during overseas trips, or by those who had traveled abroad.

The number of measles patients in Korea quadrupled from 107 in 2013 to 442 last year. Many were infected in China or the Philippines.

Measles is a highly *contagious *respiratory disease that spreads through the air by sneezing or coughing. Symptoms include runny nose, coughing and red eyes. According to the WHO, more than 95 percent of measles deaths occur in nations with low per capita incomes and poor health care systems.

Those who have never had measles or received a vaccine are encouraged to get vaccinated, said South Korea’s Health Ministry.

*measles 홍역 *outbreak 발생 (break out 발생하다 Ex. War has broken out.) *vaccination 접종 (vaccinate ..에게 예방 접종을 하다) *infect 감염시키다 (Ex. Travelers were infected with the deadly disease.) *contagious 전염성의 *respiratory 호흡기의
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