European measles cases highest in a decade, WHO reports
2019-02-08 from cbc.ca
Europe had a record number of measles cases last year, in part due to a growing number of pockets where parents are refusing vaccination for their children, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
At the same time, the WHO said, record numbers of children are getting the vaccine — offering hope that the rise in infections may not last.
"Progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018," it said in a statement.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause hearing loss and brain disorders in children and, in severe cases, can kill.
Vaccination coverage needs to be around 95 per cent to prevent the virus circulating in communities — so-called "herd immunity."
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