Measles cases spike globally due to gaps in vaccination coverage


Using updated disease modelling data, the report provides the most comprehensive estimates of measles trends over the last 17 years.

"We keep an eye out for cases", said Jeffrey Eason, assistant manager for the Communicable Disease Response Program at the Utah Department of Health. But in other countries, such as Italy, anti-vaccine sentiment means more kids are going unvaccinated.

"The resurgence of measles is of serious concern, with extended outbreaks occurring across regions, and particularly in countries that had achieved, or were close to achieving measles elimination", said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General for Programmes at WHO.

Health officials attribute the growth of measles cases to a sense of complacency, especially in industrialized countries where the disease has not been seen for many years.

The CDC says that if you plan to travel to Madagascar, protect yourself against measles by getting vaccinated at least 2 weeks in advance of your trip. The second dose coverage stands at just 67 per cent. The report also says measles resurgence in Europe has probably reestablished endemic transmission in some of the region's countries.

"We're losing ground on measles sometimes because people forget that this is a horrifying disease", she said.

Measles outbreaks occurred in all regions, World Health Organization said, because of gaps in vaccine coverage. Started in February 2017, 135 million children have been vaccinated in 28 states/Uts so far.

"If a single person gets measles, 12 to 18 other people get it, typically babies too young to be vaccinated", Hotez said. As things stand, the best advocate for measles vaccine is the virus itself.

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World Health Organization is already seeing high rates of measles infections in 2018.

This measles outbreak started in the capital city, Antananarivo, on October 4, 2018, when 3 measles cases were confirmed at the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar.

"The increase in measles cases is deeply concerning, but not surprising", Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said in a statement released Thursday.

Because of gaps in vaccination coverage, measles outbreaks occurred in all regions, while there were an estimated 110 000 deaths related to the disease. Often outbreaks in the U.S. can be traced back to unvaccinated people travelling overseas and bringing back the virus. For the past seven years, it has helped ward off about 21.1 million deaths. Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Ethiopia had the most unimmunized infants.

Global vaccine coverage for the first dose of measles vaccine has stalled at 85 percent, while 95 percent is needed to prevent outbreaks, the World Health Organization report said.

Katrina Kretsinger, WHO medical officer, said: "At this point in 2018 we're on track to have more cases than we had for 2017".

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"I have been trying to make the point now that the anti-vaccine movement is starting to inflict real public health damage".