The number of measles fatalities in the Romanian outbreak has grown to 22, according to health officials. Between Jan. 2016 and Apr. 14, 2017, Romania has reported 4,793 cases of measles with infants and young children most affected.
Thirty-eight of the 42 districts have reported cases with Caras Severin (West part of the country, at the border with Serbia) being the most affected district with 943 cases.
Vaccination activities are ongoing in order to cover communities with suboptimal vaccination coverage. In addition, today the Ministry of Health announced it is also finalizing procurement procedures for emergency measles vaccines. They will purchase 109,000 doses.
Romania may be the hardest hit area of Europe, but they are certainly not alone. In Italy, health officials have reported 1603 measles cases since the beginning of the year through Apr. 16.
Germany’s measles tally has increased by 138 as the total for the year-to-date now stands at 410.
For the first three months of the year, France reported 134 cases, three times more than the number of reported cases in 2016 over the same period. The cases are mainly linked to an epidemic outbreak in Lorraine (60 cases). Two cases of encephalitis and 15 severe pneumopathies have been recorded since the beginning of the year.