Measles epidemic in Europe hits record high, World Health Organisation warns


The measles epidemic sweeping Europe has reached an eight-year high, with more than 41,000 cases reported in the first six months of the year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

This far-exceeds the end of year totals from every other year this decade and at least 37 people are believed to have died from the disease, which can be almost entirely prevented with vaccination.

Seven countries, including FranceItaly and Greece have had more than 1,000 infections this year and all have reported at least one death.

Ukraine has reported the largest number of cases with more than 23,000 children and adults infected, although Serbia has seen 14 measles-related deaths, the highest in Europe.

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Source: The Independent