September 20, 2018

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Measles in Europe hits record high as WHO urges people to get vaccinated (Telegraph)

Measles in Europe hits record high as WHO urges people to get vaccinated (Telegraph)

The number of measles cases in Europe has hit a record high according to new figures by the World Health Organization (WHO).

More than 41,000 people contracted measles in Europe in the first six months of 2018 – almost twice the annual number of cases seen in 2017, which had – until now – been the worst year in a decade with some 24,000 infections.

“Following the decade’s lowest number of cases in 2016, we are seeing a dramatic increase in infections and extended outbreaks,” says Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO’s European director.

At least 37 people have also died so far this year as a result of the disease. Read more

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