News Express banner Camano banner
Measles cases soar 300 per cent worldwide, worst in Africa

By News Express on 16/04/2019

Views: 224


Measles cases have soared between 300 and 700 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the World Health Organisation said Monday, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma.

So far this year, 170 countries have reported 112,163 measles cases to WHO. At this time last year, 163 countries had reported 28,124 cases.

The most dramatic rise in cases through the early part of the year was reported in Africa, which has weaker vaccination coverage than other regions. Africa saw a 700-percent increase compared to last year.

At least 800 children have died from measles since September in Madagascar, where rampant malnutrition and a historically poor vaccine rate are driving the world’s worse current outbreak.

In conflict-scarred Yemen cases shot up more than 300 percent in 2018 compared to 2017.

Venezuela, where the disease was once contained, has also seen tens of thousands of cases as the country’s economic and political crises continue to push the healthcare system to the brink of collapse.

Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has in recent months sounded the alarm over slipping vaccination rates.

“Preliminary global data shows that reported cases rose by 300 percent in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This follows consecutive increases over the past two years,” it said in a statement.

“While this data is provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend. Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases,” it added.

The agency noted that only about one in 10 actual measles cases are reported, meaning the early trends for 2019 likely underestimate the severity of the outbreaks.

Measles – an airborne infection causing fever, coughing and rashes that can be deadly in rare cases – had been officially eliminated in many countries with advanced healthcare systems.

But the so-called anti-vax movement – driven by fraudulent claims linking the MMR vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, and a risk of autism in children – has gained traction.

Repeated studies – the most recent involving more than 650,000 children monitored for more than a decade – have shown that there is no such link.

But according to WHO, global coverage for the first vaccine dose has been “stalled” at 85 percent, while 67 percent of people have received the second dose.

The provisional 2019 data shows that cases have spiked “in countries with high overall vaccination coverage, including the United States,” WHO warned.

“The disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people,” it added.

New York’s mayor declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn last week, after a measles outbreak emerged in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, where some had resisted vaccination on religious grounds.

Calls have mounted in several countries to make measles vaccinations mandatory, including in Germany. Australia earlier this month launched a major education campaign to encourage residents to get vaccinated. (NAN)

•A medic in Madagascar vaccinates a child against measles. 800 people have died in the last seven months

Source News Express

Posted 16/04/2019 12:15:22 PM

 


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Eid-el-Kabir: Buhari joins other Muslims to offer prayers...

Buhari cannot be interested in any peaceful, free...

Buhari: I will do more in my second...

OPERATION CRUSH MALAWI: Aircraft carrying Eagles stars CAN’T...

2019 Presidency: Gbenga Daniel tipped to emerge Atiku’s...

Dust haze to still prevail today across Nigeria:...

Atiku visits PDP Secretariat, reiterate commitment towards a...

Five feared dead as bomb blast hits Borno...

Reps summon oil firms, others over missing petroleum...

Military in a fix: Falana, 25 others to...

US-based Nigerian doctor removes wrong ovary from woman...

Dangote starts $1bn cement plant in Edo

 

Latest News Scores of travellers abducted along Birnin Gwari – Kaduna road How four Boko Haram suspects were arrested in Auchi Gunmen kidnap 8 women, one other in Niger Police raid FUTO, nab cultists Killer Herdsmen, Bandits, Kidnappers: It is time for state police before we all die — CAN Traditional council shuts down Baptist church indefinitely over ‘cleansing’ by Pastor Police recover weapons at PDP, APC secretariats in Kano, arrest eight suspects Ministerial appointments: The cabinet Buhari needs — Bakare Buhari to tribunal: I beat Atiku in his polling unit No apologies over bombing of bandits — Yari Loss of lives should stop¸ Ishaku tells Taraba residents at Easter Atiku: I was born by Nigerian parents from Sokoto, Jigawa

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (470,260 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (414,730 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (352,207 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (301,653 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (265,900 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (238,984 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (225,921 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (207,458 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (196,444 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (188,464 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (179,005 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (178,431 views)

 

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (86) Business & Economy (4,209) Business Verdict (65) Columnists (1,017) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (607) Features (746) Global Business Monitor (343) ICT Monitor (35) International (3,339) Interview (176) Live Commentary (29) Love Matters (155) Maggie's Blog (232) News (45,176) Opinion (1,225) Pidgin (17) Politics (10,627) Religion (982) Sports (1,963) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera