UN Warns Of 'Complacency' As Measles Cases Rise Worldwide

03 March, 2019, 00:29 | Author: Cynthia Curry
  • Anti-vaxers blamed for astonishing rise of Measles in 2018 – UNICEF

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.

The new surge in cases has not "happened overnight", she added.

The government declared a measles outbreak early February after hundreds of children contracted the airborne disease in Metro Manila and parts of Central Luzon and Central Visayas.

The Philippines recorded 15,599 cases in 2018 up from 2,428 the year prior. The Philippines was second with an increase of more than 13,000 (from a little over 2,000 in the whole of 2017).

In the case of measles, even those who have not been vaccinated may benefit from the vaccine if they receive it within 72 hours of exposure.

Brazil have registered in 2017, not a single measles case in 2018, however, had 10.262 cases.

War-stricken Yemen, crisis-hit Venezuela, as well as Serbia, Madagascar, Sudan, Thailand and France have all made the top 10 list. "Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing".

"Once infected, there is no specific treatment for measles, so vaccination is a life-saving tool for children", it said. "Unfortunately, we're back sliding now and we're having an increase in the number of cases and this is actually a tragedy for families and children." . NY state saw 170 cases of measles from September 2018 to January of this year.

The Government of Canada reiterated that vaccination is the most important measure travellers can take to protect themselves from measles infection. "Yeah, in third-world nations they're dying of measles". DeGette told the audience that such disruptions were in violation of House rules; Messonnier then said that the vaccine doesn't cause brain swelling or encephalitis in healthy children. "What we all should strive for, that measles in the United States, we need to get to zero".

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The key message is that "no country or community is immune to this", Nandy said. "The development of the measles vaccine was a dramatic medical breakthrough, because so many people were dying or getting really sick", he says.

The New York City Health Department last week announced the measles outbreak in the Orthodox Jewish community is now at 121 cases since the outbreak began in October.

But the World Health Organization previous year said cases worldwide had soared almost 50 percent in 2018, killing around 136,000 people.

Measles is an extremely contagious and, in rare cases, deadly infection that was once thought to be almost eliminated from the United States due to widespread vaccination of children with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Guthrie also asked Fauci whether people could "self-medicate" with vitamin A to prevent measles.

There were only 600,000 to 900,000 people who received the outdated vaccine but the problem is that most people do not know if they had this shot.

Dr. Lulu Bravo, executive director of Philippine Foundation for Vaccination (PFV), said that no child should die from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The CDC says vaccines for measles are effective and safe.



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