Measles cases soar across Europe, WHO urges greater immunization

Measles cases soar across Europe, WHO urges greater immunization

Measles cases soar across Europe, WHO urges greater immunization

Malta remained measles-free despite a Europe-wide surge of the disease a year ago, according to a surveillance report by the World Health Organisation. These figures follow a record low of 5,273 cases in 2016.

"Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others who may not be able to get vaccinated", said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, World Health Organization regional director for Europe.

"Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others who may not be able to get vaccinated", said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO's regional director for Europe. The cases and deaths "are a tragedy we simply can not accept", she adds.

The surge included large outbreaks (100 or more cases) in 15 of the 53 countries, but Ireland was not included.

The large-scale outbreaks occurred in countries where vaccine uptake was low or vaccine supplies were interrupted, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention previous year warned worldwide travelers to ensure they are vaccinated against measles.

"Kids up to 6 years old won't be accepted into nursery schools without them", reporter Christopher Livesay told NPR.

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That's because most people will be immunised against the disease, having been given the vaccine as a child. During the same period in 2017, there was just one reported case.

It said large outbreaks occurred in Serbia, which reported 702 measles cases a year ago, Tajikistan with 649 cases, and Russian Federation with 408 cases.

The first confirmed cases were detected on January 3, and the outbreak was announced by the HSE on January 31.

There were 12 cases of measles in October, eight in November, and one in December. As NPR's Jason Beaubien reports, Rohingya camps in Bangladesh have also seen recent outbreaks.

Measles has rebounded in the WHO European Region. A 2015 outbreak across multiple states is believed to have originated with a traveler who visited Disneyland.

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