The Taiwan Disease Control Department announced Friday two new measles cases.

Image/Taiwan CDC
Image/Taiwan CDC

One patient is 30 -year-old man who worked in Vietnam and the second is a 50 -year-old woman with no recent history of travel abroad.

This brings the total measles cases in the country to eight in 2019. Six cases are linked to travel to the Philippines and Vietnam, both countries experiencing increases in measles, and two were domestically acquired.

There has been a recent outbreak of measles in the international community to include several of Taiwan’s neighbors in Asia– mainland China, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and India, Europe, in particular Ukraine, Serbia, Romania, France and Italy; South America–Venezuela and Brazil; Africa–Madagascar, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United States.

The Disease Control Department especially urges parents get their children vaccinated with two shots of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and people travelling abroad.