In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Val Thorens in the French Alps, the Regional Health Agency (ARS) reports that at least 39 cases have been reported since January, according to a Le Parisien report (computer translated).
Two children under one year old were affected. All the others are people aged 19 to 40, mostly seasonal employees and a few tourists. Holidaymakers are advised to check their vaccination status.
The only preventive treatment is vaccination, health officials note. The vaccination coverage is unfortunately not very good in France, confirms Anne-Sophie Ronnaux-Baron. It should be 95% so that there is no epidemic. But it does not even reach 80%. The ARS is therefore reduced today in Val Thorens trying to “slow down” the extent of the disease by crossing his fingers so that the measles goes out of itself and the battalion of holidaymakers arrived in station is not in turn contaminated. But the agency recognizes it: it has so far “no visibility on stopping the epidemic.”