Ukraine warns Euro 2012 fans to get measles vaccine

The Ukraine Health Ministry advised soccer fans planning to go to the European Championship in Ukraine this summer to get measles vaccinations.

The ministry, which made the recommendation on Tuesday, also advised foreigners to get immunized for rubella, tuberculosis and other diseases if they haven't already received the vaccinations. Ukraine is currently experiencing an outbreak of measles, Associated Press reports.

The country reported 1,300 cases of measles in 2011 after less than 40 cases were reported in 2010. Some health experts connect the spike in cases with a botched vaccination campaign in 2009 that led to widespread fear about the vaccine.

Ukraine will co-host Euro 2012 with neighboring Poland from June 8 through July 1.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a viral respiratory disease that typically infects the cells lining the back of the throat and lungs. Measles symptoms include a cough, runny nose, fever and a rash all over the body. Measles is spread through the air by coughing, breathing or sneezing. It is so contagious that any child exposed to it without immunity is likely to get the disease. Approximately one in 10 children with measles will get an ear infection, one in 20 will get pneumonia and one out of 1,000 will get encephalitis. One or two out of 1,000 will die as a result of measles.