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Global measles cases three times higher than last year – WHO

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 29, 2019 12:50

Global measles cases three times higher than last year – WHO

The world is backsliding in the fight against measles, which can disable or kill, especially children, with a record number of cases recorded up to August only since 2006 and nearly three times as many cases than in July 2018 at that time.

The biggest outbreaks of the highly contagious disease  one person with measles can spread it up to 18 non-immunized other people are raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (155,460 cases), Madagascar (127,454) and Ukraine (54,246) it said.Europe has lost ground also, with four countries stripped off their “measles-free” status in 2018 — Albania, Czech Republic, Greece and Britain.

The United States has recorded 1,215 measles cases across 30 states in its worst outbreak since 1992, federal health officials said on Monday.

Nearly 365,000 cases have been reported globally this year, the highest figure since 2006, according to the U.N. Health Agency, noting that they represent only a fraction of the 6.7 million estimated cases annually.

 

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 29, 2019 12:50

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