US NEWS & WORLD REPORT – KATELYN NEWMAN
MEASLES PLAGUED EUROPE in 2017 with 21,173 cases and 35 deaths – quadruple the number of cases from the year before, according to the World Health Organization’s latest report.
“Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others who may not be able to get vaccinated,” said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, in a statement.
Large measles outbreaks affected one in four European countries in 2017, with Romania, Italy and Ukraine altogether accounting for about 72 percent of the people infected, according to the news release. Fifteen European countries, including Germany, France, Russia and the United Kingdom, also experienced large outbreaks of 100 or more cases of the vaccine-preventable, highly infectious viral disease.