Europe Saw Fourfold Increase In Measles Cases In 2017

22 February, 2018, 01:14 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • Europe Saw Fourfold Increase In Measles Cases In 2017

A total of 21,315 measles cases were recorded in 2017 in Europe, compared to 5,273 cases the year before, the World Health Organization office said in a report released on February 19.

Referring to the number of outbreaks, which is a case in which more than 100 cases are reported in a year, a health officials said many factors arround vaccination were affecting figures.

Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, said an individual affected by measles in Europe evoke in us that unvaccinated children or adults heedless of where they reside stay at the peril of not getting vaccinated. "[This is] a tragedy we simply can not accept".

About one in four European countries were affected by large measles outbreaks, but hit especially hard were Ukraine, Romania, and Italy. The global health watchdog also said vaccine supplies and "underperforming disease surveillance systems" in several European countries have contributed significantly to the rash of recent measles cases. "This short-term setback can not deter us from our commitment to be the generation that frees our children from these diseases once and for all".

Other countries with large outbreaks included Italy (5,006), Germany (927), France (520) and the United Kingdom (282).

For the last time the Ukrainians have more to fear and to fight acute infectious viral disease - measles.

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

Other countries with large outbreaks in 2017 were Greece (967 cases), Germany (927), France (520), Belgium (369), Britain (282), Bulgaria (167), Spain (152), Czech Republic (146), and Switzerland (105).

"Subsequent studies in the last nine years have found no link between the MMR vaccine and autism or bowel disease".

"However, Andrew Wakefield's work has since been completely discredited and he has been struck off as a doctor in the UK".

The WHO has previously warned that measles is still regularly found in certain areas of the world and it can spread to any country, including those that have eliminated the disease. Vaccination rates in Romania declined nearly 20 percentage points in the last decade, from 96 percent in 2006 to 76 percent in 2016. The WHO is concerned by low rates of immunisation against the disease.

'I would appeal to any parents who have not yet had their children vaccinated to get them protected as soon as possible through their GP'.



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