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The World Health Organisation says global measles cases up 300 per cent

Measles cases rose 300 per cent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the UN said, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma.
Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) has in recent months sounded the alarm over slipping global vaccination rates.
“Preliminary global data shows that reported cases rose by 300 per cent in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This follows consecutive increases over the past two years,” it said in a statement.
A nurse examines a child infected with measles in Madagascar. Picture: AP
A nurse examines a child infected with measles in Madagascar. Picture: APSource:AP
“While this data is provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend. Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases,” WHO further said.
The agency noted that only about one in 10 actual measles cases are reported, meaning the early trends for 2019 likely underestimate the severity of the outbreaks.
New York has declared a state of emergency because of a measles outbreak in the area. Picture: AP
New York has declared a state of emergency because of a measles outbreak in the area. Picture: APSource:AP
So far this year, 170 countries have reported 112,163 measles cases to WHO. At this time last year, 163 countries had reported 28,124 cases.
“Spikes in case numbers have also occurred in countries with high overall vaccination coverage, including the United States,” WHO said.

New York declares measles emergency

“The disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people,” it added. New York’s mayor declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn last week, after a measles outbreak emerged in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, where some had resisted vaccination on religious grounds.
WHO said that the most dramatic rise in cases — a 700-percent increase compared to last year — has been reported in Africa, which has weaker vaccination coverage than other regions.
It comes as US measles cases have surged again, and are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years.
A doctor holds a newborn baby, sick rubella or measles Picture: istock
A doctor holds a newborn baby, sick rubella or measles Picture: istockSource:istock
Health officials on Monday said 555 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year, up from 465 as of a week ago.
While 20 states have reported cases, New York has been the epicentre. Nearly two-thirds of all cases have been in New York, and 85 per cent of the latest week’s cases came from the state. Most of the New York cases have been unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.
Measles cases in New York have surged this year with most instances coming from unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities. Picture: Getty Images/AFP
Measles cases in New York have surged this year with most instances coming from unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities. Picture: Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP
The 2019 tally is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children get two doses of measles vaccine.

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