The measles outbreak in Europe continues as 19 countries reported cases in January 2019, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

881 cases were reported from the 19 countries, while 10 reported no measles.  Germany did not report measles data for January 2019.

Overall, case numbers continued to increase compared with the previous two months. Romania, Italy, Poland and France had the highest case counts with 261, 165, 133 and 124 cases, respectively.

Italy, Poland, France and Austria reported notable increases over November and December 2018.

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In the rolling annual case count in Europe, between 1 February 2018 and 31 January 2019, 30 EU/EEA Member States reported 12 266 cases of measles with France, Italy and Greece seeing the most cases.

Measles continues to spread across Europe because vaccination coverage in many countries is suboptimal.

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