Measles cases jump by 400% in Europe

Measles cases jump by 400% in Europe

Measles cases jump by 400% in Europe

Despite being a developed country, Italy reported 5,000 cases of measles in 2017 - about 200 times more than the U.S. Four people died - one adult and three children under age 10, all unvaccinated.

Norway's public health agency said Wednesday it had registered three cases of measles in the Nordic country this week as outbreaks of the disease are soaring across Europe.

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.

"Over 20 000 cases of measles, and 35 lives lost in 2017 alone, are a tragedy we simply can not accept".

Romania and Italy reported the most cases with 5,562 and 5,006 cases respectively.

However, a number of European countries have recently seen declines in overall routine immunisation coverage, consistently low coverage among some marginalised groups, interruptions in vaccine supply or underperforming disease surveillance systems. "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".

Measles, a highly contagious viral disease, can cause long-term damage or even kill patients.

Ireland's level of confirmed cases is low compared to countries like Greece (967), Germany (927), France (520), Belgium (369), the United Kingdom (282), and Spain (152).


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

There has been some controversy about whether the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) jab - included as part of the NHS childhood immunisation programme - might cause autism.

After a 1998 paper further confirmed this finding, Wakefield said: "The risk of this particular syndrome [which he termed 'autistic enterocolitis"] developing is related to the combined vaccine, the MMR, rather than the single vaccines'.

But, his work has since been discredited, and he was struck off as a doctor in the UK.

The virus is spread by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact or direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions. Vaccination rates in Romania, for example, declined almost 20 percent in the last 10 years.

"All cases include persons who are not vaccinated".

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