A serious health situation is experienced in Europe due to the expansion of measles.
As reported by the European division of the World Health Organization (WHO), the continent will close this year with around 65,000 cases of measles, almost three times that of 23,927 registered in 2017.
This scenario will respond to two causes. On the one hand, in Eastern Europe, the health system's inability to contain outbreaks supports the spread of the virus, as happened in Ukraine, which accounts for more than half of European infections, according to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.
While in Western Europe, expansion will respond to anti-vaccine populism, as in the case of France, with 2,863 cases and 2 deaths in twelve months (from November 2017 to October 2018), where right-wing Marine Le Pen has given distrust to the vaccine. Or Italy, with 2,552 cases and 5 deaths in twelve months, during which the Five Star Movement did it.
"We are witnessing a dramatic increase in infections and widespread outbreaks," Zsuzsanna Jakab, director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, said in a statement. On a global scale, the number of reported measles cases in 2017 increased by 30% compared to 2016.
In contrast, Spain has one of the lowest measles rates in Europe, with 220 cases registered in the first eleven months of this year. Of these, around 10% came from people who came from other countries and 90% from infected people from these tourists.
When the vaccine was introduced, in 1963 measles killed 2.6 million people per year. Last year the figure was 110,000.