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WHO reports an increase in cases of measles in the world



"We will retreat" recognized by the World Health Organization.

Measles cases rose more than 30% in the world in 2017 compared to 2016 and killed 110,000 people, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

The most important outbreaks were detected in the Americas, in the Eastern Mediterranean and in Europe, "which shows that we will retreat," explained Martin Friede, who heads the WHO Vaccine Department, before the media.

"The number of reported cases of measles peaked in 2017, and some countries suffer from severe and prolonged disease outbreaks," the organization said in a statement.

For Dr. Seth Berkley, executive director of the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), the increase in this case is not surprising.

In Europe there is "false information about vaccines" while in countries like Venezuela, the increase was caused by a "collapse of the health system" and in Africa to "low coverage" of vaccination campaigns, explained Berkley. .

In many developed countries vaccine distrust has increased, because of the campaign linking this treatment with phenomena such as autism.

"With no immediate effort to increase vaccine coverage and detect populations that show unacceptable levels of subvaccination or non-vaccination among children, we run the risk of removing decades of progress in protecting children and society from this very destructive disease, but can be avoided perfectly, "said Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, deputy director general in charge of the WHO program.


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