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World Cup Health Tip: What to Do If You Develop Symptoms of Measles or Rubella — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
June 13, 2014

World Cup Health Tip: What to Do If You Develop Symptoms of Measles or Rubella

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS

As the World Cup kicked off Thursday, the Pan American Health Organization reminded travelers to Brazil that if they develop symptoms of measles or rubella, they should seek medical attention and otherwise stay in their hotel room, away from crowds.

Measles and rubella are considered eliminated in the Americas, but un- or undervaccinated people are at risk for contracting the diseases if they have close contact with people from endemic regions.

In addition, the CDC reminds travelers to hydrate, wear insect repellant, and request hotel rooms on the second to sixth floors (first floors provide easy access for break-ins, seventh floors and up make it harder to evacuate during a fire). The agency also provides a Portuguese glossary of some useful health phrases, such as "Fui picado por pernilongo." Perhaps they should have included the translation for "Where is Landon Donovan?"

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