Measles Outbreak in Romania – April 10, 2017

United States Embassy Bucharest, Romania

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Measles Outbreak in Romania

April 10, 2017

U.S. Embassy Bucharest informs U.S. citizens that Romania is experiencing a measles outbreak, though the majority of cases are concentrated in areas where immunization coverage is especially low.  Regardless, Romania has reported over 4,000 cases and 18 deaths from measles between January 01, 2016 and March 31, 2017.  In response, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged Romania to “take urgent measures to stop the transmission of measles within their borders.”  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over six years of age has two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine prior to traveling to an area with a current measles outbreak.

The CDC has classified the outbreak as “Watch Level 1,” suggesting that “travelers to Romania protect themselves by making sure that they are vaccinated against measles.”  For the most up-to-date information on the measles outbreak in Romania, U.S. citizens should visit the websites for the WHO and the CDC.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Romania Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Romania, located at 4-6 Liviu Librescu Blvd., at +021-270-6000, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is 021-200-3300.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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