Watch – Measles in Brazil

Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

What is measles?

Measles in BrazilMeasles is a disease that can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and even death. It is caused by a highly-contagious virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, and a cough, runny nose, or red, watery eyes.

Key Points

    • There is an outbreak of measles in Brazil.


    • Travelers to Brazil, and the state of Amazonas in particular, should make sure they are vaccinated against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine before travel.


What is the current situation?

As of August 4, 2018, health officials in Brazil have reported over 5,000 cases of measles, of which more than 1,000 are confirmed. The majority of cases continue to be reported in the states of Amazonas and Roraima. In Amazonas State, all reported cases are Brazilian nationals and over 1,800 cases were reported in children less than 9 years old.

What can travelers do to protect themselves?

    1. Make sure you are fully vaccinated or otherwise protected against measles.*


    1. People who cannot show that they were vaccinated or are otherwise protected against measles should get vaccinated before leaving the United States:
        • Infants (6 through 11 months of age) should have 1 dose of MMR vaccine.


        • Adults and children over 1 year of age should have 2 doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.



    1. Avoid contact with people who are sick.


Learn more about preventing measles and what to do if you think you have it on the measles page for travelers.

What can clinicians do?


    • Keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally.


Traveler Information

Clinician Information

*Those who are otherwise protected include people who were born before 1957 and those who have been tested and have confirmed immunity. Talk to a doctor to see if this applies to you.

via CDC Travelers’ Health

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More information:

Measles | Home | Rubeola | CDC

Measles is a highly contagious virus that starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.

Measles - Wikipedia

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days.

Measles | About Measles | CDC

Learn about measles, a contagious virus, including its history, signs and symptoms, transmissions, complications and more.

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