Worldwide reported 98 countries in 2018, more cases of measles compared to a year earlier. UNICEF calls the increase “alarming” and calls on countries to do more against the outbreaks.
74 percent of the global increase will take place in ten countries, including France. So, there is currently a mazelenuitbraak in the ski resort Val Thorens. In the Netherlands, In 2017 sixteen infections were reported. In the first half-year of 2018, there were 22.
Ten countries with the largest increase saw in 2018
- Ukraine: 30.338
- Philippines: 13.192
- Brazil: 10.262
- Yemen: 6.641
- Venezuela: 4.916
- Serbia: 4.355
- Madagascar: 4.307
- Sudan: 3.496
- Thailand: 2.758
- France: 2.269
Ukraine saw the largest increase in the number of mazelengevallen. In 2018 were over 35,000 infections were reported. In the first two months of 2019 were already over 24,000 cases have been reported. Also, there are infections reported in a number of countries that were previously mazelenvrij were explained, such as Brazil, Moldova, and Montenegro.
Measles are very infectious, more than ebola, tuberculosis and the flu. The virus can be increased up to two hours after an infected person, the common room has left. It spreads through the air and infects the respiratory tract.
The disease is often fatal for malnourished children and babies who are too young to be vaccinated. For children who, once infected, there is no life-saving treatment.
‘Acting today could have disastrous consequences for tomorrow’
“This is a wake-upcall. We have a safe, effective and inexpensive vaccine against a highly contagious disease. A vaccine that in the past two decades, every year nearly one million lives have been spared,” said executive director of UNICEF Henrietta H. Fore.
“These cases are not of the one on the other day. Just as with the serious outbreaks that we see today, will a lack of action now have disastrous consequences for the children of tomorrow”, go Fore further.
Poor organization of health care, conflicts and wars, low social awareness, laxity and reluctance to vaccinate according to UNICEF, the main causes of the increase in the number of mazelengevallen, in both developed and developing countries.
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Number of outbreaks in developed countries also increased
So is the number of mazelengevallen in the United States in 2018 increased six fold compared to 2017, to 791.
“Almost all outbreaks are preventable and yet there are children still being infected, even in places where this really would not do,” said Fore. “Misinformation, mistrust, and negligence in those countries the largest causes. We must do more to give parents more accurate to inform about vaccination.”
UNICEF calls on governments, health care providers and parents to do more to disease control. Thus, according to the organization, clarity about the safety and effectiveness of vaccinating all children between six months and five years old need to be vaccinated if an outbreak occurs and should help and care providers are better trained and equipped to the quality of care.
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