Via The Local.se: Measles outbreak spreads to Sweden. Excerpt:
Sweden has recorded its first case of measles linked to the recent massive outbreak across Europe with healthcare services responding with calls for extra vigilance.
The patient, who was unvaccinated, is reported to have been infected during a trip to Germany, according to the Infectious Diseases unit in Västra Götaland. Medical clinics in county have urged residents to be on their guard as the disease is extremely infectious.
"It was fairly expected that we would have cases here. If you are not vaccinated and spend time in airports or in large crowds for example in Europe or the United States then you run the risk of being infected," said Leif Dotevall, a specialist physician in Västra Götaland.
Dotevall however cautioned that the risk of a major outbreak in Sweden is very small.
"Vaccination protection in Sweden is very high. But we want people to "think" measles and about the protection they have."
According to Dotevall, Swedes born after 1960 are generally protected against measles. Of children born in 2010 some 98.5 percent have been vaccinated.
"There can be age groups which have missed out. It is possible to be receptive without knowing it. If you are in any doubt you should consult healthcare services and take the vaccination," he said.