In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Lisbon, Portugal, the number of cases of measles this month in the region of Lisbon and Tagus Valley has increased to 32, with 22 of these cases being confirmed, according to the Directorate General of Health.

Image/Jim Goodson, M.P.H.
Image/Jim Goodson, M.P.H.

This is an increase of eight confirmed cases in the past week.

“Measles continues to spread in Europe because the low vaccination coverage in many countries”, according to the Directorate-General for Health. Only four of the 30 countries had vaccine coverage rates of at least 95%, including Portugal, along with Sweden, Hungary and Slovakia.

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Measles is a disease that can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and even death. It is caused by a highly contagious virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes.