Measles outbreak in Europe




Measles outbreak within Europe with cases showing to have tripled between 2017 and 2018 to 82,596. This has been declared the highest number recorded in the past decade from figures collected by the World Health Organisation. Resulting in 72 deaths in Europe during 2018 nearly doubling from the 42 deaths recorded in 2017.


The European countries with the highest number of measles cases from January to December 2018 were:


Ukraine (53,218)

Serbia (5,076)

Israel (2,919)

France (2,913)

Italy (2,517)

Russian Federation (2,256)

Georgia (2,203)

Greece (2,193)

Albania (1,466)

Romania (1,087)


Ukraine has seen the highest rate of Measles cases which scientists have corresponded to the reduction of vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella during the Ukraine conflict with Russia which in 2016 fell to 31%. Recent figures have suggested that vaccinations have now risen to 90% but the World Health Organisation has suggested that this figure needs to be sustained to stop further outbreaks of the disease.

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