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• Global Citizen reports that in the first six months of 2018, 41,000 measles cases were reported in Europe, which experts pin on poor vaccination rates.
• How can we make sure that children across the world are protected from vulnerable diseases? Awareness and accessibility for vaccines are both crucial to the effort.
Measles is experiencing a serious comeback in Europe, according to warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday.
Already, the total number of cases from 2018 “far exceeds” the totals reported for all 12 months of every other year this decade, warned WHO.
And it’s because countries aren’t being vigilant enough when it comes to vaccination rates.
“We are seeing a dramatic increase in infections and extended outbreaks,” said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe.
“We call on all countries to immediately implement broad, context-appropriate measures to stop further spread of this disease,” she added. “Good health for all starts with immunization, and as long as this disease is not eliminated we are failing to live up to our Sustainable Development Goal commitments.”
More than 41,000 cases of measles were reported in the European region between January and June, according to an announcement from WHO.
Read the full article about the surge in measles cases in Europe by Imogen Calderwood at Global Citizen.
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