Measles stores in Europe have reached record highs, according to the World Health Organization.
More than 41,000 people were infected in the first six months of 2018, with 37 deaths. Last year 23,927 people were infected, 5,273 in 2016.
Most cases of infection are in Ukraine – 23,000, and most deaths – 14 in Serbia.
First victim of measles in Bulgaria
As a cause of spread of infection, experts point to a drop in vaccine numbers and urge countries in Europe to take action.
More than 41,000 children and adults in the European region are infected with #measles in the first 6 months of 2018. Country reports show that 37 people died as a result of measles. https://t.co/BFyKQzUHLN #immunizeEurope pic.twitter.com/ybDLx09u0F
– WHO / Europe (@ WHO_Europe) August 20, 2018
Are the mothers going to jail if they refuse a vaccine?
The virus can not harm societies that are completely immune, says the World Health Organization.
95% of the population in one country must have been vaccinated to prevent transmission of the infection. However, it can return if the percentage of vaccinated animals falls.
In 2017, former Health Minister Ilko Semerdjiev said that there was some risk of a measles epidemic in Bulgaria, explaining that 92% of the Bulgarians had been vaccinated against measles.
The measles virus came to us from Romania
Smallpox is very contagious and transferred via the air-drop route.
The symptoms are:
high temperature, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle pain
– strong spots in the mouth
– red, swollen areas that can cover the whole body in pimples, starting at the hairline two to four days after the first symptoms. They then spread along the head, the neck and the rest of the body.
The infection lasts between 7 and 10 days, with most patients recovering completely.
But in others this can lead to serious complications, including:
-hepatic infection (hepatitis).
To warn measles for holidaymakers as European matters rise https://t.co/4v7438Vzjz
– Sky News (@SkyNews) August 20, 2018
The measles vaccine is considered to be very effective in the prevention of measles.
After receiving one dose, 85% of the children aged nine months and 95% of the children older than 12 months receive immunity. Almost everyone who does not develop immunity after a single dose is given a second dose of immunity.
They call for an early immunization after the measles epidemic in the Balkans
The effectiveness of the vaccine lasts for many years. It is not yet clear whether it will become less effective over time.
Measles resurrected by stupidity! pic.twitter.com/ywWu1tu15N
– Influenza with L (@lnfluensa) August 20, 2018