WHO to provide vaccinations against measles


The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged health authorities and parents in Europe and Central Asia to step up vaccinations against measles amid large ongoing outbreaks of the disease.wpid-WHO2.jpg

The Copenhagen-based European office of the UN agency, which covers 53 countries, said 22,149 cases have been reported during 2014 and so far this year.

The outbreaks in seven countries – Kyrgyztan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Georgia, Italy, Germany and Kazakhstan – pose a threat to the goal of eliminating the disease in the WHO’s European region by the end of 2015.

“We are taken aback by these numbers,” said Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe. “We must collectively respond without further delay to close immunization gaps.”

Measles can cause severe complications, including pneumonia or encephalitis. Infants, young children and young adults aged 15 to 29 are the most vulnerable to infection.


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