WHO Declares That Measles Cases Triple in The First Quarter of 2019
Published On:April 17, 2019
As per the World Health Organization (WHO), across the globe, the total number of cases reported for Measles has tripled within the first quarter of 2019 in comparison to 2018. The United Nations stated with extreme concern arising over the influence of anti-vaccination stigma.
Africa alone has seen an extreme histrionic rise in Measles case, i.e., more than 700%. In fact, the agency mentioned that the real figures might be much huger than the actual as the ratio of the reported case is one in every ten cases.
Measles is an extremely contagious viral disease, it can either be avoided via a two-dose vaccine, however, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently rung the alarm over the reducing vaccination rates. The disease can in rare cases result in extreme complications which include infections of the brain and lungs.
Even though the given approximate data in temporary, but it gives clarity on the overall trend wherein all the regions across the globe are witnessing outbreaks. Madagascar, Ukraine, and India are a few countries that are the most affected by this disease – wherein every million individuals, at least tens of thousands are reported.
Ever since, last September, in Madagascar, at least 800 individuals have succumbed to measles. Unfortunately, the outbreaks have spread to Pakistan, Yemen, and Brazil where the mortality rate is more in children.
Up till now, over 170 countries have registered 112,163 cases of measles to WHO, whereas last year at this time, registered cases from 163 countries were 28, 124. WHO stated that the number of cases rose even in countries with overall coverage in terms of vaccination. Furthermore, measles has also reached amongst the bundle of people who are not vaccinated.