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Measles increased globally due to "gaps" in vaccine coverage, say health agencies


Measles outbreaks have occurred in all regions, WHO said, because of gaps in vaccine coverage. There were about 110,000 deaths due to measles in 2017.

"Since 2016, the incidence of measles has increased globally and in & # 39; five of the six WHO regions," the report says, although this was partly because more countries reported about the virus.

The Western Pacific Region, which includes countries such as Australia and Japan, was the only region to report a decline in cases from 2016 to 2017. It is also the only region to achieve and maintain 95% or more of the first dose of vaccine coverage since 2006.

The measles measles, viral disease, you & # 39; avoid using & # 39; two doses of & # 39; vaccine, and vaccination against measles prevents an estimated 21.1 million deaths from 2000 to 2017, according to the report.

The vaccine coverage has increased globally by approximately 72% to 85% from 2000 to 2017, according to the report, but well below the 95% needed to avoid outbreaks. The first vaccine coverage "has been underway for almost a decade," said the report.

The estimated coverage of the second dose of measles has increased globally by 15% in 2000 to 67% in 2017, the report said.

Since July, the endemic measles was again established in Venezuela, and lead to outbreaks in & # 39; adjacent countries; The region has been declared free of endemic measles in 2016.

In 2017, the European Region declared "the reestablishment of & # 39; endemic transmission of measles in the Russian Federation and Germany" even if it was verified elimination in & # 39; 37 other countries .

"The reorientation of measles in Europe x & # 39; re likely to rise to & # 39; to establish endemic measles in & # 39; some euro countries", says the report.

Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of & # 39; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said in a statement: "The increase in measles cases is deeply concerned, but not surprising. System in Venezuela and -bwiet of & # 39; fragility and low coverage & # 39; immunization in Africa are joining forces to bring the overall recovery of measles after year & # 39; progress.

"It is necessary that the existing strategies changed: more effort needs to increase coverage & # 39; immunization & # 39; routine and strengthen health systems. Will otherwise continue to cut one outbreak after another."

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