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Cases of measles in Europe have hit a record high, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 41,000 people have been infected in the first six months of 2018, leading to 37 deaths.
Last year there were 23,927 cases and the year before 5,273. Experts blame this surge in infections on a drop in the number of people being vaccinated.
In England, there have been 807 cases so far this year. The WHO is calling on European countries to take action.
The article goes on to state the following:
Public Health England says the outbreaks in England are largely due to people who have traveled to areas of mainland Europe that have had outbreaks.
Measles is highly infectious and spreads by droplets in coughs and sneezes.
The infection lasts seven to 10 days. But while most people recover completely, it can cause some serious complications, including:
- encephalitis (infection and swelling of the brain)
- febrile convulsions
- liver infection (hepatitis)
The MMR vaccine can prevent infection but discredited research 20 years ago that erroneously linked MMR to autism has stopped some people from trusting the vaccine.
The total number of #measles cases in the European Region for the first 6 months of 2018 far exceeds the 12-month totals reported for every year this decade. #immunizeEurope pic.twitter.com/jeqDQvMNsw
— WHO/Europe (@WHO_Europe) August 20, 2018
Measles can be fatal or leave awful complications in its wake. One of the greatest triumphs of our age was preventing avoidable deaths through vaccination; how tragic to see this being driven backwards by antivacc drivel https://t.co/S7tKoCLmD8
— Sarah Wollaston MP (@sarahwollaston) August 20, 2018
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) August 20, 2018
37 people in Europe dead of Measles so far this year. Dead. Of Measles. Something that a simple vaccine can protect you against. Ignorance, complacency and conspiracy theories won’t save your children from it. Only vaccination will. https://t.co/18tj4vPE4q
— Stephen McGann (@StephenMcGann) August 20, 2018
— CNN International (@cnni) August 20, 2018
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 20, 2018
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