Mexico reacts to first measles case in four years

In response to confirming its first case of measles since 2007, Mexico recently announced its intent to purchase 3.6 million doses of the measles vaccine.

The last case of measles found in Mexico occurred four years ago, according to The current case involves a traveler who contracted the illness while in France.

The government plans to set up vaccination stations at hospitals and clinics around the country, including one at Mexico City’s international airport. The vaccine will available to all passengers to Europe for the next 20 days. Airport personnel will be required to receive the vaccine.

"We must act very quickly because of the speed with which it spreads," Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said, reports.

The government hopes to reach two million people with its vaccination campaign. It will save the remaining doses to be used in an ongoing effort to halt the spread of the disease.

Cordova, who received accolades for his handling of the 2009 swine flu epidemic, emphasized that 95 percent of Mexican children should receive vaccinations, according to

Approximately 1,500 airport workers in Mexico City have already received the vaccination. Authorities are attempting to track down passengers that were on the same airplane from France as the infected passenger.