Europe records more than 100K measles cases in first 10 months of 2019

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

UN health officials report the number of measles cases reported in Europe from January to October 2019 exceeds the total cases for 2018 and nearly quadruples 2017s total.


101,280 measles cases were reported during the first ten months of 2019, including 44 deaths.

This compares with more than 88,000 cases reported in all of 2018 and nearly 26,000 cases reported in 2017.

In May 2019, the World Health Organization activated a Grade 2 emergency response to measles circulation in the European Region. This allows WHO to mobilize the needed human and financial resources to support the affected countries.

Countries reporting the most measles in Europe from November 2018-October 2019 include Ukraine (75,084), Kazakhstan (12,334) and Georgia (4,611).

Other countries in the region recording high numbers of cases include the Turkey, France, Israel and the Russian Federation.

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