Measles outbreak in a refugee settlement in Calais, France: January to February 2016

Euro Surveill. 2016;21(11):30167. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.11.30167.

Abstract

We report a measles outbreak in a refugee settlement in Calais, France, between 5 January and 11 February 2016. In total, 13 confirmed measles cases were identified among migrants, healthcare workers in hospital and volunteers working on site. A large scale vaccination campaign was carried out in the settlement within two weeks of outbreak notification. In total, 60% of the estimated target population of 3,500 refugees was vaccinated during the week-long campaign.

Keywords: France; air-borne infections; epidemiology; measles; outbreaks; viral infections.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Disease Notification*
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • France / epidemiology
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Measles / diagnosis
  • Measles / epidemiology*
  • Measles / prevention & control
  • Measles Vaccine / administration & dosage
  • Middle Aged
  • Refugees*
  • Risk Assessment / methods
  • Vaccination*
  • Young Adult

Substances

  • Measles Vaccine