The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported Friday that Romania and France lead EU/EEA countries this year in measles.

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

The highest number of cases to date in 2018 were in Romania (2,712), France (2,173), Greece (1,948) and Italy (805) respectively. Twenty two deaths have also been reported by these countries in 2018.

Additionally, there is an ongoing outbreak in England, UK with 440 confirmed measles cases reported this year.

In March 2018 alone, twenty-one EU/EEA countries reported 2,143 cases of measles, This includes 753 cases in France, Greece (549), and Italy (326).

Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, 28 EU/EEA Member States reported 14,216 cases of measles.

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Of 14,206 cases with known age, 4,691 (33%) were children under five years of age, while 6,887 (48%) were aged 15 years or older.

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Of 12,880 cases with known age and vaccination status, 84% were unvaccinated, 9% were vaccinated with one dose of measles-containing vaccine, 5% were vaccinated with two or more doses, and 2% were vaccinated with an unknown number of doses. Of all cases, 9% had an unknown vaccination status.