The World Health Organization reported that the number of cases of measles in Europe rose sharply in the first half of the year and that at least 37 people died in this period of the disease. The WHO European Office reported that 41,000 cases of the disease were reported on the continent in the first half of this year. The previous record was recorded in 2017 with 23,927 cases. During the first six months of 2016, there were 5,273 cases. The bureau reports that about half of the cases – 23,000 were seen in Ukraine, France, Georgia, Italy, Greece, Russia and Serbia are also countries with more than 1,000 registered cases for the first half of the year. At the end of last year, the Bulgarian Ministry of Health warned that there is a risk that the disease comes home from abroad.
Smallpox, also known as measles, is one of the most contagious diseases in the world and is transmitted by air droplets. It can be prevented by vaccination, but doctors indicate that at least 95% of the population must be immunized to prevent outbreaks. The disease is also subject to disgust.
The skepticism of the vaccine remains high in many parts of Europe. Since last year there is a law in Italy on compulsory vaccination of children against smallpox and other infectious diseases in children. Romania has also adopted similar legislation.