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Measles cases in Europe have tripled

With measles have been infected in the past year in the Europe Region of the world health organization (WHO), as many people in the last ten years. The number of cases rose within a year to three times that reported to the WHO office for Europe in Copenhagen. Compared with 2016 15 would have been even times as many people infected. 2016 was recorded with a low record for the contagions.

In Germany, the Trend was reported to be in opposite directions: After a good 900 measles cases in 2017, have been reported in the past year, only 500 cases.

In the 53 countries in the Region in 2018, almost 82.600 people had with measles infected – 72 children and adults had died of it, according to the WHO. As one of the Region alongside the EU, Russia, Turkey, Israel and in Asia, the countries of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.

By far the hardest hit was the Ukraine , with over 53,000 cases. More than 2000 cases also reported:

Serbia (5076)
Israel (2919)
France (2913)
Russia (2256)
Italy (2517)
Georgia (2203)
Greece (2193)

Even so many people against measles had been vaccinated in the Region in the past year, at the same time like never before. But it’s not that rich yet, said the Director of the regional Bureau Zsuzsanna Jakab. “We need to do more and better, in order to protect every single Person from diseases, which can easily be avoided.”

The WHO hopes to eliminate measles in the world, but you had to already report it to the end of 2018, a significant setback to their efforts: around the world by 2017, 31 percent more cases were reported than in the previous year. And even in 2018, there have been to November, ten percent more cases than in 2017. (The location WHO report to the measles, you can find here.)

One reason for the increase in diseases of the growing number of opponents in industrialized Nations and in Arab countries, the WHO said at the beginning of this year. The world health organization has included the avoidance or delay of vaccination in the list of global health threats. From the point of view of the experts, a similarly large risk for the global health of Impfgegnern like Ebola, antibiotic resistance and air pollution.

Measles are extremely contagious. The viruses are transmitted when Talking, coughing or Sneezing, on tiny droplets in the air. The disease starts with flu-like symptoms and later a characteristic rash accompanied by skin. The infection weakens the immune system immensely, more infections are so common. A dreaded result of an inflammation of the brain, the measles encephalitis which can be fatal or with permanent damage.

As a late result of measles infection is an inflammation of the nerve cells of the brain and of the spinal cord may form also after years of a so-called subacute sclerosing Panencephalitis (SSPE),. It leads to the failure of brain functions and finally to death.

How fast the Virus is spreading, and with what consequences – is just watching in the Philippines: There, the outbreak died in a measles within a few days, at least 22 people. According to information from the health authorities, the grass, the disease be both in the Metropolitan area of Manila as well as in other provinces. Alone in the capital Region have been reported since the beginning of the year, more than 440 cases.