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“Tragedy” of 35 deaths from measles in Europe last year is unacceptable, says WHO

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k795 (Published 19 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k795 graph showing declining measles vaccination rates in Romania, Ukraine and Italy between 2000 and 2016, graph showing increasing measles incidence in Romania, Ukraine and Italy between 2012 and 2017,
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

There were 21 315 cases of measles and 35 deaths recorded in Europe in 2017—a 400% increase on the previous year when there was a record low of 5273 cases, World Health Organization figures show.1

Large outbreaks of measles (100 or more cases) have affected 15 of the 53 countries in the WHO European region, with the highest numbers seen in Romania (5562), Italy (5006), and Ukraine (4767). Vaccination rates (2nd dose) in these …

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