Europe sees 300% increase in measles cases in 2017


Last year, there were four cases registered by Statens Serum Institute (SSI) - an increase of only one on the previous year.

In 2017, the highly contagious disease, typified by a red rash throughout the body, affected 21,315 people and caused 35 deaths - compared with 5,273 cases in 2016 - World Health Organization researchers said in a, -no. The worst affected country was Romania, with 5,562 cases.

There was a meeting to talk about how to increase vaccination rate in Europe. Anyone can develop measles, but it's more likely to affect young children, especially those who are poorly nourished.

Measles is highly contagious disease that can be prevented by having the vaccination, offered by the NHS as a single measles, mumps and rubella jab. His controversial views have since been widely discredited.

As a result of vaccination rates it is unlikely a widespread outbreak will happen, but smaller, localised cases could happen in parts where large numbers of kids and babies have not had their vaccine.

Large outbreaks of measles were reported in 15 countries housed within the WHO European Region (which includes 53 countries), with the highest number of cases in Romania (5562), Italy (5006) and Ukraine (4767). These regions have experienced a decline in overall routine immunisation rates.

Yet, it now says, "outbreaks will continue to occur until every susceptible child and adult is protected".

It's now uncommon in the United Kingdom because of high vaccination rates although a year ago there were 282 cases of the disease recorded in the United Kingdom, according to WHO.

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Dr Will Welfare, a consultant in health protection at Public Health England, told Manchester Evening News: 'Measles is a very infectious virus and can spread rapidly among communities, such as schools, if people have not been fully immunised.

There have also been several recent outbreaks in the US, primarily impacting people who were never vaccinated for measles.

Today (20 February), ministers of 11 countries will convene to discuss ways they can work together in order to achieve the goals set out in the European Vaccine Action Plan (EVAP) by 2020, including measles and rubella elimination. While physicians have discredited these claims, the number of parents not getting their children vaccinated or seeking a medical exemption continues to grow in the US and overseas.

He speculated that being injected with a "dead" form of the measles virus via vaccination causes disruption to intestinal tissue, leading to both of the disorders.

The NHS website notes: "There has been some controversy about whether the MMR vaccine might cause autism, following a 1998 study by Dr Andrew Wakefield".

The Lancet formally retracted Wakefield's research paper in 2010.

Studies have repeatedly refuted this claim, which were based on a paper by British former gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield. The other two cases involve child siblings from Oslo.

It starts with cold like symptoms before a rash develops a few days later.