Europe – European measles cases hit a ten year high

Cases of measles in Europe are at the highest rate in a decade, due to a growing number of pockets where parents are refusing vaccination for their children, also known as ‘anti-vaxxers’.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that more children in the WHO European Region are being vaccinated against measles than ever before; but progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018.

The virus killed 72 children and adults in Europe in 2018, and according to monthly country reports for January to December 2018, 82,596 people in 47 of 53 countries contracted measles…