European Measles Cases Quadrupled in 2017

Fears were raised by a disgraced former doctor that the measles mumps and rubella vaccine caused autism

Fears were raised by a disgraced former doctor that the measles mumps and rubella vaccine caused autism

This represents a fourfold increase from the 2016 figure, which reached an annual record low of only 5,273 cases.

People shunning vaccination is part of the problem, say experts. A law to that effect is now awaiting parliamentary approval.

Advisers met Tuesday to talk about how to increase vaccination rates in Europe.

This compares to an incidence rate of 8.4 per million of population in 2016 when 43 cases of measles were recorded.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention past year warned global travelers to ensure they are vaccinated against measles.

The surge is being attributed to a measles outbreak in 15 of the 53 countries that the World Health Organization designates as part of its Europe region.

The number of deaths caused by measles in Europe quadrupled to 35 previous year, the European regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.

It's now uncommon in the United Kingdom because of high vaccination rates although a year ago there were 282 cases of the disease recorded in the United Kingdom, according to WHO. In Ireland, the first dose is given at 12 months by Global Positioning System and the second dose is given to Junior Infants in school by HSE vaccination teams or by Global Positioning System in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.

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Dr. Mai Mannix, Director of Public Health in the Mid-West stated that ' MMR vaccine is the safest way that parents can protect their children against measles as infants, young children and their families are particularly vulnerable. The law also imposed penalties on parents who did not vaccinate their children.

Although much of the European measles resurgence was caused by anti-vaccination sentiments, a smaller portion is the result of unvaccinated migrants.

The NHS website notes: "There has been some controversy about whether the MMR vaccine might cause autism, following a 1998 study by Dr Andrew Wakefield".

At the time, Wakefield had a patent for single measles, mumps and rubella vaccines, and was therefore accused of having a conflict of interest.

Three months later, the General Medical Council banned Wakefield from practicing medicine in Britain, stating his research had shown a "callous disregard" for children's health.

At least two of the children also had developmental delays before they were vaccinated, yet Wakefield's paper claimed they were all "previously normal".

It starts with cold like symptoms before a rash develops a few days later.

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