According to world health organization; the study stating that the global measles cases triple year on year. As measles which is highly contagious; and can be entirely preventing through a two dose vaccine, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has in recent months sounding the alarm over vaccination rates. World health organization saying that the democratic Republic of Congo; Madagascar and Ukraine registering the highest number of cases.
But measles is an airborne infection causing fever; coughing and rashes that can be deadly in rare cases had been officially eliminating in many countries with advancing healthcare systems. But the World Health Organization saying that these measles cases nearly tripling globally during the first seven months of the year comparin to the same period in 2018. So far this year, 364,808 measles cases were reporting around the world; comparing to 129,239 cases during the first seven months a year earlier.
Global measles cases increases
However, according to world health organization these numbers are the highest (registering) since 2006; The numbers are especially worrying since only about one in 10 actual measles cases are believing to be reported worldwide; according to world health organization. In Madagascar, which registered around 127,500 cases during the first half of this year alone, numbers have meanwhile dropped considerably in recent months following an emergency national vaccination campaign, the UN health agency stressed.
Measles cases have soaring worldwide, with the African region seeing a 900% jump in cases year on year; while cases rose 230 percent in the western Pacific. Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sudan, South Sudan and Thailand have all seen major outbreaks of the disease. The United States has meanwhile registered 1,164 cases so far this year, compared to 372 for all of 2018 and the highest number on record in a quarter century.
World health organization
But the so called anti-vax movement driving by fraudulent claiming linking the MMR vaccine against measles; mumps and rubella, and a risk of autism in children has gaining traction. World health organization pointed out that the reasons for people not being vaccinated vary significantly between communities and countries; with a lack of access to quality healthcare or vaccination services hindering some from getting the jabs; while others are led astray by misinformation about vaccines, or low awareness about the need to vaccinate.
The measles vaccine is a safe and highly effective vaccine; WHO stressing in a statement, urging everyone to ensure their measles vaccinations are up to date. Uneven vaccination coverage and gaps and disparities between communities, geographic areas, and among age-groups has allowed measles to flourish even in countries with high national vaccine rates, WHO warned.