Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Anti-vaxxers to blame for huge spike in measles cases

Anti-vaxxers to blame for huge spike in measles cases

The Western Pacific Region, which includes countries like Australia and Japan, was the only region to report a decrease in cases.

Reported cases of measles a year ago ballooned to 173,330, although, this figure is way below the distressing 853,479 in 2000.

"Without urgent efforts to increase vaccination coverage and identify populations with unacceptable levels of under-, or unimmunized children, we risk losing decades of progress in protecting children and communities against this devastating, but entirely preventable disease", she said.

In a statement today, Soumya Swaminathan, MBBS, MD, deputy director-general for programs at the World Health Organization said measles resurgence is concerning, especially in countries that had achieved or were close to achieving measles elimination. It shows that since 2000, over 21 million lives have been saved through measles immunizations.

The Pan-American Health Organization is the regional arm of the World Health Organization, which on Thursday signalled a more than 30 percent spike in measles cases worldwide previous year as compared with 2016. But now with a sudden global spike in measles cases - increasing by almost a third after years of steady decline and resulting in 110,000 deaths - forgetting is less and less the issue.

But Dr Soumya Swaminathan, of the World Health Organization, said: "Without urgent efforts to increase vaccination coverage and identify populations with unacceptable levels of under- or unimmunized children, we risk losing decades of progress in protecting children and communities against this devastating but entirely preventable disease".

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According to who guidelines, the prevention of outbreaks of measles requires 95% coverage of the vaccine.

And the European Union has seen a measles outbreak that epidemiologists have tied to falling rates of vaccination, due to occasionally erratic vaccine supplies and anti-vaccine movements. Second dose coverage stands at 67 percent.

"The increase in measles cases is deeply concerning, but not surprising", Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said in a statement.

Health experts say existing strategies need to change and more effort needs to go into increasing the world's immunisation coverage and by strengthening health systems. Health officials have put the blame for the immunity problem partly on parental neglect and the mistaken belief that vaccines can cause autism and other afflictions. "Otherwise we will continue chasing one outbreak after another".

India, along with ten WHO South-East Asia Region member countries, plans to eliminate and control rubella/congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020 through the programme.

Although the NHS reports that it is most common in young children, anyone can catch measles if they haven't been vaccinated or they haven't had it before. Conversely, a country is no longer considered to be measles free if the virus returns and transmission is sustained continuously for more than a year.

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