Increase in deaths from measles

Measles is a viral infectious disease. The WHO is now recording more deaths than last year – worldwide. Vaccines protect.

Because there hasn’t been enough measles vaccination for years, the number of illnesses and deaths increased last year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). She goes 136,000 deaths worldwide That’s 43 percent more than the previous year and around nine million cases (up 18 percent), as she reported Thursday in Geneva. Last year, 37 countries experienced major outbreaks, up from 22 the year before.

Measles is a very contagious disease viral infectious disease. It is transmitted by droplets, for example when infected people cough or sneeze. Infected people usually first experience fever, cough, runny nose, and inflammation of the nasopharynx, followed by a rash. One in ten people affected have complications, to life-threatening encephalitis. Measles can be prevented with two doses of vaccine.

Measles: “A disease that finds and attacks those who are not protected”

About 83 percent of people worldwide have received a first dose of vaccine in their lifetime, and 74 percent have received a second dose. According to the WHO, 95 percent of the population should be vaccinated to avoid major epidemics.

” Measles called the inequality virus for good reason. It is the disease that finds and attacks those who are not protected,” said Kate O’Brien, director of immunization, vaccines and biologicals at WHO.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted vaccination programs in many countries. It is alarming that even after the pandemic, there is still no comprehensive vaccination in this country. African countries are particularly affected, but also India, Indonesia and Brazil. Since 2000, according to the WHO Vaccinations have saved more than 56 million lives has been. The US health authority CDC was also involved in the report.

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