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Largest measles epidemic in Europe in 10 years

  1. Europe has the largest measles outbreak in ten years. More than 41,000 children and adults were affected by measles in the first half of 2018. â € World Health Organization (WHO) is therefore urging measures, â € ™ the AD reports on August 20.

  1. A record was already set in 2017: 23,927 measles patients were diagnosed in twelve months. Now the counter is already approaching double in six months. The World Health Organization is therefore raising the alarm. At least 37 people died from the effects of the disease. France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine are the seven countries that fall under the European arm of the WHO and have been particularly affected. All of them saw minimal indicative infections among children and adults. Georgia had as many as 23,000 sick of whom fourteen have died. The last measles outbreak in the Netherlands dates from 2013, when 180 patients were hospitalized.

Low vaccination coverage

  1. The WHO is particularly concerned about the low vaccination coverage in Europe. With 95 percent coverage, measles can be practically grown, but that percentage is not reached in Europe. Today, an average of 90 percent is vaccinated. Some communities make it to 95 percent, but others are just below 70 percent. Measles is one of the most contagious diseases in existence and is caused by the measles virus. It starts with a fever, cough, cold and eye inflammation. About two to four days later, red spots appear. In severe cases, the virus can cause pneumonia, seizures, or brain inflammation. The chance of dying in the Netherlands is less than 1 in 100.

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