Are we protected? Imported measles - On the way to eradication

Zita Rigó, Katalin Szomor, Orsolya Nagy, Mária Takács

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In accordance with the 2015 regional goal for measles and rubella elimination of the WHO European Region, only a few imported cases have been documented of both diseases in Hungary for years.This paper presents a case of a Hungarian woman, born in 1975, who received measles vaccination at age of 12 months and later at age of 11 years, according to her certificate of vaccination. In 2009, after arriving home from a vacation in Ireland, she developed acute measles infection with clinical symptoms. It was confirmed by the detection of measles specific IgM, IgA and IgG antibodies, and by detection of viral nucleic acid from throat swab in virus transport medium.Additionally, an outbreak occurred in December of 2011 among a family emigrated from Romania to Hungary. No new measles cases were diagnosed among the contact persons of neither the young Hungarian woman returning from Ireland, nor the family emigrated from Romania. This observation refers to the effectiveness of the Hungarian vaccination program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-129
Number of pages11
JournalActa microbiologica et immunologica Hungarica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2012


  • imported disease
  • measles
  • modified morbilli
  • morbillivirus
  • rash
  • vaccination coverage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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