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Measles Rates Are Rising Because Parents Are Refusing to Vaccinate Their Children

21 February 2018, 07:47 | Rodolfo Quinn

Fears were raised by a disgraced former doctor that the measles mumps and rubella vaccine caused autismSEAN GALLUP GETTY IMAGES

Fears were raised by a disgraced former doctor that the measles mumps and rubella vaccine caused autism

Romania, Italy and Ukraine reported the highest number of people affected, together accounting for over 70 percent of the entire number in Europe.

It's now uncommon in the United Kingdom because of high vaccination rates although a year ago there were 282 cases of the disease recorded in the United Kingdom, according to WHO.

Of the cases recorded, 19,100 were recorded in eight of those 15 countries - Romania, Italy, Ukraine, Greece, Germany, Serbia, Tajikistan and France.

WHO's regional director for Europe is Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, who said: "Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others who may not be able to get vaccinated". They include raising public awareness, immunizing health-care professionals and other adults at particular risk, addressing challenges in access, and improving supply planning and logistics.

"The elimination of both measles and rubella is a priority goal that all European countries have firmly committed to - and a cornerstone for achieving the health-related [UN] Sustainable Development Goals", continued Jakab.

As NPR's Michaeleen Doucleff has reported, measles cases have generally seen a dramatic drop worldwide since the 1980s, from more than 4 million cases annually to less than 500,000.

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"Most cases so far are associated with the Ballinacurra Weston and Carew Park (Southill) area of the city".

Measles, a highly contagious viral disease, can cause long-term damage or even kill patients. It causes cold-like symptoms and a rash, but can also lead to more serious complications, such as breathing difficulties, pneumonia and acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). It usually starts on the forehead and moves downward over the face, neck and body.

The process of verifying measles and rubella elimination by country, introduced in 2012, has moved the Region closer to its measles and rubella elimination goal.

When unvaccinated children contract measles it spreads to babies that aren't old enough to get their vaccines.

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