di editorial team da vaccinestoday.eu
‘Greece is the latest European country to face a major measles outbreak with Romania, Italy and Germany recording epidemics. ’
‘It is tragic and unacceptable that 49 children and adults in EU countries have died from complications of measles infection in the past two years, while safe and effective vaccines are readily available,’ says Dr Andrea Ammon, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Most cases – 87% – were among people who were not vaccinated, despite the widespread availability of the MMR vaccines, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.
‘Vaccination with at least two doses of MMR vaccine remains the most effective measure to prevent the further spread of measles,’ Dr Ammon says, noting the Europe is committed to eliminating the disease.
Data from the ECDC shows that since 1 January 2017, the countries in Europe with the highest number of measles cases are:
- Romania: 8,274
- Italy: 4,885
- Germany: 919
- Greece 968
- France: 77
- Sweden: 26