As we head into 2020, we review the biggest outbreaks of 2019 and the impact they had – from growing cases of measles across the globe to the outbreaks as a result of ongoing instability in Yemen – take a look to find out more.
New estimates from the WHO and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reveal that in 2018, more than 140,000 individuals died from measles worldwide, with most deaths seen in the poorest countries and among infants.
A team of researchers have demonstrated for the first time that measles can wipe out an individual’s immune system memory resulting in vulnerability to infections they were once immune to.
The European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination has assessed annual status updated for 2018, concluding that the number of countries having achieved or sustained measles elimination has declined.
New research has revealed a dangerous stagnation in the global vaccination rates of children, owing to inequality, conflict and complacency.
We take a look back at some of the largest outbreaks of 2018 and their impacts, read the full story to learn more.
A WHO report has indicated that measles cases spiked globally due to gaps in vaccination coverage, as many countries experienced severe outbreaks.
In the first 6 months of 2018 over 41, 000 children and adults in the WHO European Region have been infected with measles; more than the annual total of any year since 2010.
Research presented at ECCMID suggests unvaccinated teenagers and adults were at highest risk of developing measles, whilst the biggest threat of mortality was to those under the age of two.
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