UN warns of ‘complacency’ as measles cases soar worldwide

Twelve Waikato people have caught measles so far in 2019

Twelve Waikato people have caught measles so far in 2019

Brazil saw 10,262 cases in 2018 after having none at all the year before, while the Philippines reported 15,599 cases last year compared to 2,407 in 2017.

And the children born in the 1960s; over 500 children a year died in the USA from measles.

The charity said that while countries with poor health infrastructure and civil strife are particularly vulnerable, there has also been an increase in the developed world.

UNICEF Ireland's Executive Director Peter Power described the figures as a "wake-up call".

Ukraine, the Philippines and Brazil saw the largest year-on-year increases.

The report suggests the rise in measles cases is in part attributable to the anti-vaccination movement.

Other nations with a surge in cases were Serbia with 4,355 cases a year ago, followed by Madagascar with 4,307, Sudan with 3,496, Thailand with 2,758 and France with 2,269.

Measles is a respiratory illness, with symptoms including high fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis or pink eye, and a rash.

That brings the number of cases in the Portland, Oregon bedroom community of Vancouver, Washington, to 68 - more than 40 per cent of the number reported nationwide since January 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated statistics released Friday.

"Once infected, there is no specific treatment for measles, so vaccination is a life-saving tool for children", it said.

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That number will soon be passed in 2019 as the country already has 12,736 cases and 203 deaths. New data by UNICEF revealed a 50 percent rise in the number of people who contracted the illness a year ago, with up to 98 countries reporting an increase.

The Missoula City-County Health Department is urging folks to check their measles immunization status. He added that the trend of measles increases is seen "pretty much across the globe".

"I'm grateful to Mayor de Blasio and his team at the Department of Health for their immediate actions to protect our community's children", said Councilman Kalman Yeger (Borough Park, Midwood, Bensonhurst). If we don't do something about it now, "it could get considerably worse".

But despite countless news articles-and doctors' attempts to communicate the risks of measles to their patients and the public-there's a lot of confusion and misinformation around this topic.

Many of this year's cases are part of measles outbreaks in Washington, New York, Texas, and IL (today, the state's health officials warned Chicago Midway International Airport travelers that they may have been exposed to the disease).

Taken together, the ten nations accounting for 75 per cent of the increase from 2017 to 2018 account for only a tenth of the global population.

"The reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines - threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases", the World Health Organization said in its report. Among serious complications, 1 in 20 patients get pneumonia, and 1 in 1,000 get brain swelling that can lead to seizures, deafness or intellectual disability.

The Health Department found the initial case in the outbreak came after a child acquired measles on a visit to Israel and other cases were reported after two children traveled to the United Kingdom and Ukraine, respectively.

So far, only three states - Mississippi, West Virginia and California - prohibit almost all vaccine exemptions, including the one exempting families who say their religious belief conflicts with vaccination.

The outbreak now in the Philippines has been blamed on controversy that broke over a dengue fever vaccine as potential side effects to the shot were not properly advertised creating mistrust among the public against all vaccines.

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