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Eurosurveillance, Volume 21, Issue 11, 17 March 2016 / Rapid communication

Measles outbreak in a refugee settlement in Calais, France: January to February 2016

G Jones 1 ,S Haeghebaert 1 , B Merlin 2 , D Antona 3 , N Simon 4 , M Elmouden 5 , F Battist 6 , M Janssens 7 , K Wyndels 1 , P Chaud 1

Author affiliations: 1. French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS), Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie regional office, Lille, France 2. Regional health agency Nord-Pas-de-Calais Picardie (ARS), Lille, France 3. French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS), Saint Maurice, France 4. Etablissement de préparation et de réponse aux urgences sanitaires (EPRUS), Paris, France 5. Medical centres for vulnerable populations, Calais Hospital and refugee camp, Calais, France 6. Emergency ward and health care unit for vulnerable patients, Calais hospital, Calais, France 7. Médecins sans frontières (MSF), Paris, France

Correspondence: Sylvie Haeghebaert ( sylvie.haeghebaert@ars.sante.fr)

Citation style for this article: Jones G, Haeghebaert S, Merlin B, Antona D, Simon N, Elmouden M, Battist F, Janssens M, Wyndels K, Chaud P. Measles outbreak in a refugee settlement in Calais, France: January to February 2016. Euro Surveill. 2016;21(11):pii=30167. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.11.30167

Received:01 March 2016; Accepted:17 March 2016



We report a measles outbreak in a refugee settlement in Calais, France, between 5 January and 11 February 2016. In total, 13 confirmed measles cases were identified among migrants, healthcare workers in hospital and volunteers working on site. A large scale vaccination campaign was carried out in the settlement within two weeks of outbreak notification. In total, 60% of the estimated target population of 3,500 refugees was vaccinated during the week-long campaign.

Keywords: Research; Abstracts; Measles; France; Migrants.


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