Anti-vaxxers partly responsible for Europe's highest measles cases in a decade

One case of measles confirmed in Bell County

Measles cases soared previous year in Europe as gaps in vaccinations at a local level left the virus an open door to kill 72 children and adults, the World Health Organization said. Officials now report a 500% increase in the number of vaccines being administered when compared to the same time previous year. Measles cases in the Philippine capital region also surged 10 times at the start of the year, as the government failed to hit its immunization target in 2018.

Graham did say the State Health Department has confirmed that every Washington case of measles since the first confirmed case has matched the same wild strain of measles the first case had.

No UK deaths were reported in 2018.

That helps explain why public health officials get so concerned when outbreaks occur, which they have been with increasing frequency in recent years.

"I mean, this is a lousy way to get vaccination rates up".

According to the Washington Post, at least 55 people in Washington and neighboring or have gotten sick with the virus, with new cases tallied nearly daily.

The orders include only state-supplied medicines requested under the federal "Vaccines for Children" program, which provides free vaccinations for children who otherwise could not afford them.

The Northwest cases are among three ongoing measles outbreaks in the USA that sickened 79 people in January, according to the CDC.

The case prompted NSW Health to urge people travelling to South East Asia to ensure they are fully vaccinated before heading overseas.




Measles is one of the most infectious diseases and can cause complications such as brain damage and blindness.

The rush to receive the MMR vaccine - which inoculates the recipient from measles, mumps and rubella - in Clark County is especially striking because the county has an unusually low vaccination rate.

Experts agree vaccination coverage needs to be around 95 per cent to prevent the virus circulating in communities - so-called "herd immunity".

In Italy, the co-ruling anti-establishment Five Star Movement has questioned the safety of some vaccines and loudly denounced efforts to make vaccinations mandatory.

According to monthly country reports for January to December 2018 (received as of 01 February 2019), 82 596 people in 47 of 53 countries contracted measles.

Of those, 72 cases killed the infected.

"(Immunisation) gaps at local level still offer an open door to the virus", said the WHO's European director, Zsuzsanna Jakab.

In 34 of these countries, estimated coverage with a second dose of measles vaccine was below 95 perc ent. Last year, 372 measles cases were confirmed nationwide, the most since an outbreak in 2014 sickened 667 people.

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