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Montevideo, February 20th 2019 - 11:29 UTC

Tag: measles

  • Saturday, February 9th 2019 - 06:56 UTC

    Measles 2017/18 outbreak in Europe, the highest in a decade

    “The total number of people infected with the virus in 2018 was the highest this decade,” WHO said in a statement.

    The number of recorded measles cases in Europe more than tripled between 2017 and 2018, marking the highest it’s been in a decade, the World Health Organization said. According to newly released data from the WHO, in 2018, more than 82,000 people were infected with the disease and 72 people died in Europe. In 2017, there were more than 25,000 measles cases in Europe and 42 deaths.

  • Wednesday, August 22nd 2018 - 08:38 UTC

    Measles cases hit record high in the European Region

    Seven countries have seen over 1000 infections in children and adults this year: France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine

    Over 41 000 children and adults in the WHO European Region have been infected with measles in the first 6 months of 2018. The total number for this period far exceeds the 12-month totals reported for every other year this decade.

  • Wednesday, March 28th 2018 - 14:18 UTC

    Measles spreads again in the Americas

    The region had finally been declared free of the disease by an International Committee of Experts in 2016 after 22 years of mass vaccination.

    After being the first continent in the world declared free of measles in 2016, nine countries in the region have registered cases last year. With almost 900 cases, Venezuela was the most affected. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns that the countries of the region should intensify their efforts to immunize the population and stop the spread of the disease.

  • Thursday, September 29th 2016 - 11:01 UTC

    Region of the Americas is declared free of measles by World Health Organization

     Measles is the fifth vaccine-preventable disease the Americas have eliminated  following eradication of smallpox, poliomyelitis, and rubella and congenital rubella

    The Region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, including pneumonia, blindness, brain swelling and even death. This achievement culminates a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the Americas.

  • Tuesday, May 10th 2011 - 18:17 UTC

    Measles vaccination campaign in Chile following several confirmed cases

    Health Minister Jaime Mañalich: pregnant and breast-feeding mothers priority of the campaign

    Undersecretary of Health Jorge Díaz confirmed Saturday that there are seven contagious cases of measles in Chile, but emphasized that “it’s not an epidemic or anything of the sort.”