In the most comprehensive estimate of measles trends covering the last 17 years of data, health clinics today said disease…
In the most comprehensive estimate of measles trends covering the last 17 years of data, health clinics today said disease reports increased 2017, reflecting severe and long outbreaks in many countries, along with gaps in vaccine coverage.
Outbreaks affected all regions of the world and researchers estimated that measles caused approximately 110,000 deaths in 2017.
In the United States, Kansas City, Mo. reported.
Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) published their findings today in the Weekly Reports and Mortality Weekly Report in two measles slots this year and parts of New Jersey and New York. and WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record .
In a statement today, Soumya Swaminathan, MBBS, MD, Deputy Director-General of WHO Programs, said. Single Resurgents deal specifically with countries that have achieved or were close to achieving measles.
“Without urgent efforts to increase vaccination coverage and identify populations with unacceptable levels of under or unimmunized children, we risk losing decades of advances to protect children and communities against this devastating but completely preventable disease,” she said.
Using updated modeling data, the group estimates that 2,000 vaccination has decreased more than 21 million living. Since 2016, disease reports have increased by more than 30%.
Regions that experienced the biggest nails in 2017 include America, the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe. The only WHO region where measles fell dropped to the western Pacific.
In July, measles have become endemic again in Venezuela, sparkling imported cases and outbreaks in neighboring countries. The report also says that the measles rise in Europe has probably restored endemic transmission in some of the region’s countries.
“These eruptions highlight the fragility of gains made against global and regional measles elimination goals,” wrote the group.
According to the report, the global coverage for the first of two measles doses has stayed at 85%, as the authors say is far from the 95% level needed to prevent eruptions. Depression of other doses is much lower at 67%.
Seth Berkley, MD, CEO, Vaccine Alliance, said in the WHO statement that the increase is deeply related but not surprising. He said self-esteem, the spread of falsehood about the vaccine in Europe, Venezuela’s collapsing health system and pockets of fragility and low vaccination protection in Africa have combined to trigger a global resurgence after many years of progress.
“Existing strategies need to change: more effort must go into increased routine immunization coverage and strengthen health systems. Otherwise, we continue to chase one outbreak after another.”
In its report, the authors require investments in immunization systems in combination with efforts to to strengthen routine immunization, especially aimed at the poorest and most marginalized communities, including those who fight conflict and displacement.
They also said that measures to reduce levels of measles must address incorrect information and doubt about vaccines.
November 29th MMWR Report
November 29th WHO Statement