Measles outbreak hits Europe and it’s spreading.
At least 37 people have died.
In Canada there have been two cases.
And that’s cause for concern.
Measles is one of the most contagious diseases.
It’s so contagious that a 95 per cent vaccination rate is required for a community to be protected.
And the tragedy is totally preventable.
“it’s totally unacceptable and tragic that this is happening for a disease that is preventable,” says Mark Muscat, a technical officer for the immunization program at the World Health Organization’s regional office for Europe.
So why is it happening?
“We have a growing number of persons who are still vulnerable for the disease because they are not vaccinated,” he says.
Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and red and inflamed eyes.
This starts a week or two weeks after exposure to the virus.
A rash follows starting on the face and neck.
And that spreads to the rest of the body.
At one point the elimination of measels seemed within reach.
In 2016 Europe had a record low of measles cases – 5,000.
But last year the prospects changed dramatically.
The number of cases soared to almost 24,000 cases.
Measles Outbreak Hits Europe
But this year the situation grew worse.
The number of measles cases soared to 41,000 in the first half of this year.
In Europe seven countries more than 1,000 children have been infected.
Hardest hit have been France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, the Russian Federation, and Serbia.
But some European government’s have taken action.
They have legislation forcing parents to get their children vaccinated against measels.
So if you plan to travel to travel to Europe get vaccinated.
And Europe is not the only area where vaccinations are a problem.
It is serious problems facing Islamic countries.