Measles infections reach a ten year high

A record number of people have been affected by the measles virus in 2018, according to a new report by the World Health Organization.

Measles killed 72 children and adults in Europe in 2018. Although more children in the region are being vaccinated against measles than ever before (90 per cent in 2017), progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected.

Estimated second dose vaccination rates fall below the 95 per cent threshold required to achieve herd immunity in 34 European countries.

The WHO’s Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab said: ‘The picture for 2018 makes it clear that the current pace of progress in raising immunisation rates will be insufficient to stop measles circulation. While data indicate exceptionally high immunisation coverage at regional level, they also reflect a record number affected and killed by the disease. This means that gaps at local level still offer an open door to the virus.’

‘We cannot achieve healthier populations globally, as promised in WHO’s vision for the coming five years, if we do not work locally. We must do more and do it better to protect each and every person from diseases that can be easily avoided.’

  • Coram Deo

    Let us get a handle on this. I just looked up the population of Europe for 2018 on Google and discovered a figure of 738 million, so the chances of dying of measles last year in Europe was less than 1 in 10 million. John Stone – Age of Autism

    • John Brocklehurst

      You anti-vaxxers are the lowest of the low.

      ‘The WHO don’t want you to know this but NO ONE has died of smallpox since 1979 and yet the LIARS at the WHO claim it was a dangerous disease!!!’

      • Coram Deo

        Let me guess – you’re also a Remoaner!

  • artemis in france

    Death isn’t the most likely outcome. At 18 months I caught measles from my older sisters. They survived with no ill effects. I ended up with optic nerve damage, only diagnosed in my teens, which means I have limited correction for my myopia, astigmatism and now for reading. I don’t see well enough to drive. Measles can deafen and blind and it’s brain damage which cannot be reversed. Vaccination is essential. My poor sight has limited my life chances.