Measles in Ski Resort Val Thorens, SE France

12 February 2019
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French authorities are reporting a large measles outbreak in the ski resort of Val Thorens in Savoie during the last few weeks

  • Number of cases 4 confirmed and 20 suspected cases of measles
  • Population affected: cases have occurred in people incompletely or not vaccinated. Mainly cases were seasonal workers, one case concerned a 5 month old child. All cases were French.
  • Onset date: first identified case presented a rash onset on the 21st of January 2019.
  • The following ones presented a rash during the first week of February. Three cases were confirmed by PCR and one by serology. There were no severe cases reported up to now.

Risk Assessment

During the ski season, more than 300,000 holiday-makers, 2,500 seasonal workers; 22,000 tourists with 70% of foreigners frequent the area of "Trois Vallées" (Val Thorens, Courchevel, Meribel and Les Ménuires). In addition, in France, on 9th of February begin the winter –holidays.

Information on public health measures planned or undertaken

Accordingly to the French guidelines, health measures were implemented by the Regional Health Authority: contact tracing, screening and treatment. Vaccine catch-up started in susceptible population.

Risk Communication

Regional health authority informed childhood professionals, healthcare workers and school professionals. They also informed City authority, hotel professionals, and ski professionals. They published a press release for advertising population on the 8th of February. Further information

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