Europe witnesses a four-fold surge in Measles cases: WHO
Feb 20, Kiev: Europe had witnessed a huge surge in measles cases in 2017, according to World Health Organization.
The WHO calls this a trtagedy as the cases increased by four-fold after a record low of 5,273 cases in 2016, with more than 20,000 people affected and 35 deaths.
Fifteen European region countries, including the UK, had large outbreaks. Measles cases were highest in Romania, Italy and Ukraine.People shunning vaccination is part of the problem, say experts.
Although research published 20 years ago about a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism has been discredited, the scare it created damaged some people's trust of the vaccine.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be deadly.
The MMR vaccine can prevent it.
The Oslo Times International News Network