World Health Organization reveals staggering 400% increase in measles cases reported in 2017

World Health Organization reveals staggering 400% increase in measles cases reported in 2017

World Health Organization reveals staggering 400% increase in measles cases reported in 2017

However, the numbers of measles cases sharply jumped up in Europe in 2017, according to new data released by the World Health Organization. (These figures are for people who have received two doses of the vaccine.) Parents have been refusing the vaccine-which hasn't been reliably available anyway, Reuters reported in July.

Neighbouring Italy has witnessed a big outbreak of measles, prompting the government past year to introduce a law that made it incumbent on kindergarten schools and child care centres to accept only children who are vaccinated. This is compared to a record low of 5,273 cases the previous year.

World Health Organization says Ireland has a population of 4 749 153 and had an incident rate of 4.4 per one million of population in 2017, meaning there were 21 nationally past year, according to its figures. "Over 20,000 cases of measles, and 35 lives lost in 2017 alone, are a tragedy we simply can not accept", explained Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe. A United Nations ministerial meeting on the subject is due to take place in Montenegro on Tuesday.

Ministers of health of 11 countries will meet on 20 February 2018 to discuss working together to achieve the goals set out in the European Vaccine Action Plan (EVAP) by 2020, including measles and rubella elimination.

"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 is a highly infectious viral illness that can be deadly and the MMR vaccine can prevent it.

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The rash looks like small, red-brown blotches and can make a person feel very unwell.

That's because most people will be immunised against the disease, having been given the vaccine as a child.

The best way to protect yourself from measles is to get the MMR vaccine.

Since the introduction of a process to verify the elimination of measles and rubella in 2012, the WHO European Region has witnessed progression in achieving the ultimate goal. The most serious complications include blindness, encephalitis - an infection that causes brain swelling and can lead to deafness or learning difficulties, severe diarrhea and severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia.

All of these were in the final months of the year.

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