In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in France, health authorities now report 1,232 measles cases since November 6, 2017, with 94 percent reported since January 1, 2018.
Sixty-nine departments in France are reporting cases with 57 percent of cases (708) reported in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
Twenty percent of cases required hospitalization for their illness. 86 percent of measles cases occurred in individuals who were not or poorly vaccinated.
French health officials say the situation is the result of inadequate vaccination coverage in infants (79% with two doses of vaccine instead of the 95% needed). ), children and young adults. The sharp increase in the number of cases since November 2017 in New Aquitaine continues in 2018, with the occurrence of several epidemic outbreaks in this region as well as in other French regions.
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