Three new cases of measles have been confirmed in Styria. All three were recently infected in BiH and more information about their condition is currently unknown. Twelve cases of this highly contagious disease have been registered in Slovenia this year in Slovenia.
In Slovenia, more precisely in the Styria region, three new cases of measles were confirmed in the evening last night. According to our records, all three are infected citizens of Slovenia, who have recently traveled to the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
More information about their health, whether they are children or adults, and their vaccination status is not yet known.
The main characteristics of the measles are fever, inflammation of the eye conjunctiva, nausea, cough and feverish typical rash (reddish rash that exceeds the skin) – NIJ
At the National Institute of Public Health (NIJ) they already contact potential people who have been in contact with the infected person.
But in Slovenia in the first five months of this year, we recorded no fewer than 12 measles cases in the first five months of this year. Finally, just a few days ago, when the news came out, members of RTV Slovenia staff members and another person from the coastal area to this extremely contagious disease.
Campaign against vaccination and a decrease in tenacity
Already in 1968 we introduced compulsory vaccination against measles, which was the most common infectious disease in previous years. After the introduction of compulsory vaccination, the number of cases fell considerably; the last epidemic was registered in 1994-1995.
And if measles cases were considered extremely rare and individual cases in the past, the degree of severity has decreased in recent years, mainly due to parents' fears of possible side effects and an ever-increasing anti-vaccination movement, which is also largely based on dissemination of unconfirmed information, which is spread over the internet and social networks, as a result of which Facebook and YouTube online gamers decide not to allow advertising against vaccination.
Adults can be vaccinated by appointment with their chosen physician or at the regional department of the National Institute of Public Health (OIE NIJ).
The measles are so steep, not only in Slovenia, but all over the world. A record number of cases are registered in the US, where parents can decide not to vaccinate their children solely for religious reasons. More and more cases are being registered in countries where the level of immunization is falling, in Italy, Ukraine, in the Balkans.
The World Health Organization (WHO) again warned in April of this year that the number of measles cases in the first three months of this year increased by as much as 300 percent globally. The data for Europe shows that the number of infected people tripled between 2017 and 2018.