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News of the week: Over 100 000 people sick with measles in 14 months: with measles cases at an alarming level in the European Region

17 May, 2019
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Since 1 January 2018, 47 of the 53 countries in the Region have together reported over 100 000 measles cases and over 90 measles-related deaths. WHO has been supporting them over time to improve their immunization coverage and tackle disease spread. However, as measles continues to circulate across countries, more needs to be done.

“We have observed an unprecedented upsurge in people sick with this preventable disease, and too many have lost their lives to it,” says Dr Dorit Nitzan, Acting Regional Emergency Director at the WHO Regional Office for Europe. “This is unacceptable and we need to be bolder and scale up our response to the next level. ..Read full announcement

 

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This entry was posted on Friday, May 17th, 2019 at 3:38 pm and is filed under Blog.

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