‘Dramatic rise of measles’

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The world health organization (WHO) to establish a record number of measles cases stuck in Europe and calls for action.

More than 41.000 people in the first six months of this year, the measles suffered. Last year 23.927 cases, the year before 5.273. Less and less people are vaccinated, so explain experts the rise.

“We are seeing a dramatic increase of infections and prolonged outbreaks,” says Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO. “We call on all countries to immediately take measures to ensure the further spread of this disease. Good health for everyone starts with immunization.’


Ukraine is with some 23,000 cases are by far the most affected European country. Six other countries in Europe have already this year more than 1,000 infections counted: France, Georgia, germany, Greece, Italy, Russia and Serbia. In each of those countries, are also people died from the disease. In total, 37 deaths.

Belgium has a good overall vaccination coverage in children. But also here can the measles still pose a risk. One traveller in a region where protection against measles is bad, may in his or her community in Belgium, an epidemic cause which is expanding. That happened for example last year in Wallonia.

In our country according to the figures of the WHO in the first half of this year to 72 cases.


Measles are the most contagious infectious diseases. The disease can lead to complications such as ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, strep throat or encephalitis. With us is the vaccination against measles is included in the vaccination scheme of the High Health council at the age of 12 months and 10 to 13 years.

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