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Unvaccinated French boy takes measles to Costa Rica

Staff Writer |
An unvaccinated French boy is believed to have reintroduced measles to Costa Rica, a country that had been free of the disease for five years.

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Costa Rica’s health ministry said the five-year-old had arrived in the country with his parents on February 18. Local media reported that the illness was discovered when the boy and his mother neither of whom had been vaccinated consulted a doctor about a rash.

They confirmed other children who attended the boy’s school in France had come down with measles.

The arrival of the contagious and potentially deadly disease in a country that has been measles-free since 2014 is likely to increase concern about the anti-vaccine movement.

It is not been made public why the five-year-old French tourist had not been vaccinated, though in his case it was not compulsory.

Health officials said that the rise in cases of infection was because the take-up of vaccinations has been falling. Children aged under one are the most affected, with 33.9 cases per 100,000.

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