Measles infections hit decade high in Europe

Measles infections hit decade high in Europe

Measles infections hit decade high in Europe

Ukraine reported the highest number of measles cases past year across Europe, while more than 90% of cases were in 10 countries, including France, Italy and Greece. Experts says the Islamic State has played a role too.

Washington lawmakers, meanwhile, will hold a public hearing Friday on a bill that would remove the so-called "philosophical" exemption for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR.

And leading health officials are stressing the importance of getting vaccinated.

One case of measles has been confirmed in Denton County raising the statewide total to seven, according to health officials.

The "anti-vaxxers" movement still thrives in many pockets of the United States.

The data released on Thursday shows that 82,596 people contracted the measles in 47 of 53 countries in the WHO-classified European Region between January and December a year ago.

World Health Organization said "uneven progress between and within countries" was to blame.

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Julie Graham, a spokesperson for Washington State Department of Health, said that vaccine rates in Clark County have jumped up dramatically both among children and adults. Most importantly, at least 95% of every population needs to be immune, through two doses of vaccination or prior exposure to the virus, to ensure community protection for everyone - including babies too young to be vaccinated and others who can not be immunized due to existing diseases and medical conditions.

The secretary general of the ministry of health told CNN that more than 50,000 people have caught the disease since October 2018 and there have been more than 300 deaths - mostly children.

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.

"There's no reason we should be having this outbreak", says Melnick. Julie Graham, a public information officer with the Health Department, said those reports are inaccurate.

Health officials in Multnomah County, Oregon, where Portland is located, have reported 4 cases that are linked to the Washington outbreak, as well.

Since the beginning of the year, things have been looking increasingly grim in parts of OR and Washington due to a measles outbreak that has affected dozens of people. However, it can not make us blind to the people and places that are still being missed.

Vaccination rates for measles, mumps and rubella in Ukraine fell sharply over a number of years during its conflict with Russian Federation, reaching 31% in 2016 - among the lowest in the world. More than 1,700 hundred adults have been vaccinated since the third week of January.

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