Via The Jakarta Post: Govt plays down measles outbreak. Excerpt:
The Health Ministry says it has responded to a travel warning issued by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Americans traveling to Indonesia on a possible measles outbreak.
Tjandra Yoga Aditama, the Health Ministry’s director general for disease control and environmental health, said that his ministry had cooperated with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC to monitor the spread of measles in the country.
Tjandra said that a surveillance team had monitored the disease since the travel notice was issued on Dec. 9.
“I have asked the CDC to provide us with the identity and travel history of the American citizen who reportedly contracted measles after traveling to Indonesia, as we will run an epidemiological study,” Tjandra said on Wednesday.
The CDC has urged travelers to “practice usual precautions” after a US traveler returned from Indonesia in August with measles and went on spread the disease in a Texas community.
Data from the federal health agency shows that health authorities in the US had found 23 measles cases between January and August 2013, with 50 percent of the cases originating from Europe, while the rest were from Asia Pacific and Africa.
The warning came after Australian health officials in mid-November also advised those traveling to Indonesia to be fully vaccinated against measles.
Since October 2013, there have been 27 reported cases of measles in Australia, including 11 secondary cases associated with travel to Indonesia, more specifically to Bali.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has also reported more than 6,300 confirmed cases of measles in Indonesia from Jan. 1 until Nov. 11.
In spite of the report, the ministry appeared to play down the problem.
Tjandra said that the report of a measles outbreak in Bali could have been exaggerated.