Measles are also a concern for Europe
The US is not the only country that, in the wake of the outbreak unleashed in an amusement park in the state of California at the end of 2014, is leading a crusade against the measles: in the European continent this disease has also become a health problem that raises concerns.
This has been stated by the World Health Organization in a press release in which it urges governments as well as health officials and parents to collaborate in its efforts to eradicate the disease in the continent through vaccination, especially in those groups at an age of risk.
The fact is that as of the beginning of 2014 and to this date, over 22,000 cases have been registered in seven European countries. Kyrgyzstan, with 7,477 infections, and Bosnia with 5,340, are the two nations most affected by a disease also present in Russia and Georgia –where nearly 3,200 cases have been registered, respectively--, Italy, with 1,674; Germany, with 583 infected and a deceased one-and-a-half year old child—and Kazaklhstan with 537.
Figures that have been branded as “a step backwards”, according to WHO regional director Zsuzsanna Jakab. Above all, if one considers that during the last two decades the continent has reduced 96 percent of the number of cases. “We must respond collectively, and without any delay. It is unacceptable that after 50 years of efforts to have safe and effective vaccines at our disposal, the measles continue to cost lives, money and time.