Published: Sat, March 02, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Measles Cases Are Increasing Worldwide Amid 'Mistrust and Complacency,' U.N. Warns

Measles Cases Are Increasing Worldwide Amid 'Mistrust and Complacency,' U.N. Warns

The Western Balkan nation had an increase of 4,355 cases from 2017 to 2018.

Check your immunization records to make sure you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV).

Michelle Mello, a professor of law and health research and policy at Stanford University, says the bar for claiming an exemption from vaccine requirements has been very low in many states.

However, Dr. Buchinsky said anyone born in the late 1950s through the 1960s might need another measles vaccination, even if they received one as a child.

UNICEF Ireland's Executive Director Peter Power described the figures as a "wake-up call".

Just ten countries were responsible for three-quarters of a global surge in measles cases previous year, the UN children's agency said Friday, including one of the world's wealthiest nations, France. In the Philippines last year were diagnosed 15.599 people, since the beginning of the year you have registered there 12.736 other cases. Farr says anyone who thinks they may have measles should call their health care provider before showing up in person.

SafeTravel.govt.nz has added a message to its website advising all travellers to ensure that their measles vaccination is up-to-date prior to overseas travel.

The virus can live for up to two hours in the air or on nearby surfaces. That compares to 372 cases a year ago, and 120 in 2017.

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In some Muslim traditions it is against the teachings of their religion to allow children to be vaccinated.

"Measles can have a lot of complications, so it can cause pneumonia, it can cause encephalitis - that means swelling of the brain - and in some cases, it can cause gaff", Daskalakis explains.

The measles vaccine is usually given as part of a battery of vaccinations that prevent illnesses like mumps and rubella, and are effective in 97% of people.

The charity said that while countries with poor health infrastructure and civil strife are particularly vulnerable, there has also been an increase in the developed world.

The number of measles cases around the globe surged to alarmingly high levels in 2018 with 98 countries reporting increases in infected patients from a year earlier, according to data by UNICEF.

The outbreak now in the Philippines has been blamed on controversy that broke over a dengue fever vaccine as potential side effects to the shot were not properly advertised creating mistrust among the public against all vaccines.

Currently, there are measles outbreaks in NY and Washington state, which experts say are fueled by the anti-vaccination movement, as nearly all of those who got sick had not been vaccinated.

Even though it has been declared eliminated in America, "measles continues to circulate globally, which means unvaccinated United States travelers can be exposed to measles and bring it back home with them", Messonnier said at the hearing.

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