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22 July 2011 11:06
People have been urged to take vaccination against measles
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging people to vaccinate against measles, as the contagious disease is spreading across Europe.
According to figures released by the European office of the United Nations agency, some 12,000 cases of measles have been found in 38 of the 53 European countries.
During 2010-2011, five people lost their lives due to the infectious disease on the continent.
The organisation is calling on people to be particularly careful in the summer season, as attending large public gatherings - such as sport events or music festivals - could prove dangerous.
Britons travelling to Europe this summer may find it useful to take out a comprehensive
medical travel insurance policy before setting off on a journey.
WHO regional director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab said: "People often underestimate the risks attached to measles. To prevent further spread and future outbreaks, it is imperative that anyone who is susceptible be fully immunised against measles."
Children and young people in the 15-29 age group are most likely to catch measles, which can lead to severe complications, including pneumonia or encephalitis.
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
04 October 2016
People travelling abroad is on the rise, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
08 October 2016
A hurricane pelting the coast of Florida and described as a 'monster' by a local official has brought chaos to the state, with flights cancelled, homes evacuated and theme parks shut.
07 October 2016
Low-cost airline easyJet says its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.