Measles 'tragedy' kills 35 persons across Europe

By Unknown - July 18, 2017

Measles Tragedy

During the past year, thirty five persons died due to the measles outbreaks across Europe.
 The World Health Organization warns about the deaths, which it describes as an “unacceptable tragedy”.

A six-year-old boy in Italy was the latest to die from the infection. More than 3,300 measles cases have been recorded in the country, reports BBC News.

Romania has recorded 31 deaths, making it the country with the highest number of fatalities. 

Since June 2016, there have also been reported cases of deaths in other parts of Europe such as Germany and Portugal.

Although measles is highly contagious, taking preventive measures through vaccination can prevent the disease from spreading.

 Still, many parents are unwilling to vaccinate their children, increasing the number of children in England at risk of measeles, rubella and mumps to around 24,000 each year, because they have not been immunised against the diseases, as stated by  Public Health England.

Presently, Germany is reinforcing the law on immunisations.

Also the Italian government is urging for children to be vaccinated against 12 common diseases before they can enrol for state-run schools.

Speaking regarding the issue, Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO regional director for Europe, said in part according to BBC News:
"We are very concerned that although a safe, effective and affordable vaccine is available, measles remains a leading cause of death among children worldwide, and unfortunately Europe is not spared.
"I urge all endemic countries to take urgent measures to stop transmission of measles within their borders, and all countries that have already achieved this to keep up their guard and sustain high immunisation coverage."

What you need to know about measles.

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection caused by a type of virus called a paramyxovirus, and it spreads by coughing or hand-to-hand contact.

 Symptoms include:

-High fever and sore throat which usually lasts two to four days.

-Red rash starting on the face and moving down the body. The rash spreads over two to three days.

-Cold symptoms.

-Dry hacking cough.
  If the cough becomes worse or there's shortness of breath, be sure to check with your doctor. Although pneumonia is rare with measles, these symptoms could mean the illness has lead to pneumonia.

  Another possible complication of measles is encephalitis, which is caused by the invasion of the measles virus into the brain tissues.

Measles lasts 10 to 14 days before the rash fades away. It also takes about 10 days from being exposed for the measles to develop.
  If your child has the measles, keep him or her away from others for about five days after the rash appears to help prevent the spread of measles. The child is most infectious between the time of exposure to the disease and before the rash appears. Measles can be effectively prevented by the use of presently available measles vaccine.

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