Every area on the planet, except the Americas, is experiencing a rise in several cases of measles, a vaccine-preventable disease that may kill or disable children, the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed on Thursday.
The WHO’s official Kate O’Brien blamed the weak health systems and misinformation about vaccines and called on social media firms and communities to ensure information about preventing the extremely infectious disease was correct.
Practically three times as many cases were recorded from January to July this year than in the same interval in 2018, the WHO said.
Almost 365,000 cases have been recorded around the world this year, the highest since 2006, it said, noting that they symbolize only a part of the 6.7 million suspected cases. Measles caused 109,000 deaths in 2017, its most recent numbers show.
The most critical outbreaks are raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo with 155,460 cases, Madagascar – 127,454 and Ukraine – 54,246, it said.
Europe has further lost ground, with four nations losing their “measles-free” standing in 2018 – Albania, Czech Republic, Greece, and Britain, it mentioned.
The WHO figures didn’t include a specific breakdown of figures for the Americas region.
America has registered 1,215 measles cases throughout 30 states in its worst outbreak since 1992, national well-being delegates said on Monday.
Wellbeing experts say the virus has spread amongst school-age youngsters whose parents refused to give them the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which gives immunity to the disease.
Trust in vaccines – among the world’s most powerful and widely used medical products – is highest in poorer nations; however, weaker in wealthier ones where skepticism has allowed outbreaks of illnesses such as measles to continue, global research found in June.