Number of measles cases in Limerick at 15

21 February, 2018, 07:47 | Author: Clint Gray
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Measles cases jumped by 400% in Europe in 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

In 2017, the disease affected 21,315 people, compared to 5,273 in 2016.

"Over 20,000 cases of measles, and 35 lives lost in 2017 alone, are a tragedy we simply can not accept", said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

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

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Of the cases recorded, 19,100 were recorded in eight of those 15 countries - Romania, Italy, Ukraine, Greece, Germany, Serbia, Tajikistan and France.

Those three countries have experienced a range of challenges, the World Health Organization said, including declines in routine immunizations, low coverage among some marginalized groups, and interruptions in vaccine supply. Romania had the most, with 5,562, followed by Italy, with 5,006, and Ukraine, with 4,767.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a year ago warned worldwide travelers to ensure they are vaccinated against measles. (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.

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

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Neighbouring Italy has witnessed a big outbreak of measles, prompting the government a year ago to introduce a law that made it incumbent on kindergarten schools and child care centres to accept only children who are vaccinated.

"Parents of children in Limerick city and county, Clare and North Tipperary should ensure their child is fully vaccinated for MMR and bring their child for vaccination if they have missed or not already had the correct number of doses for their age".

The first confirmed cases were detected on January 3, and the outbreak was announced by the HSE on January 31. As NPR's Jason Beaubien reports, Rohingya camps in Bangladesh have also seen recent outbreaks. The U.S. saw 118 cases of measles in 2017, according to the CDC.

An outbreak hit Minnesota in 2017, sickening at least 79 people. After about 3 days, a rash of "flat red spots" appears on the infected person's body.

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