Fear of vaccination reduced Europe to a measles epidemic
After a period of decline
Measles begins again taking off in Europe, according to the latest report of American experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports ABC News. So, in October there were more than 26,000 cases of measles, including nine deaths (half of cases occur in people older than 15 years).
This increased incidence is three times compared to the same period in 2007, says the WHO. In France alone, experts counted about 14,000 cases (most of the victims – children over five years old and young people). Also, large-scale outbreaks registered in Spain, Romania, Macedonia and Uzbekistan.
Commented Rebecca Martin, a member of the WHO: "The number of measles cases has sharply increased in late 2009. Partly to blame for this low level of immunization – it does not cover 95%. People do not plant for years". P >
I must say in the States, too, there is an increase in incidence (205 cases per year – the highest figure in ten years, the rate – 50 cases per year) associated with cases in Europe. This is due to the high degree of infectiousness (90%). Measles kills about one or two children in every 1,000 infected and causes miscarriages and premature births.
In 2008, the world recorded 164,000 cases of measles. More than 95% are poor. While still prevalent in society different opinions about vaccination. In 1998 he published a report according to which the vaccine can trigger autism.