Measles cases worldwide jumped more than 30 pc last year: WHO

The World Health Organization has said Measles cases worldwide jumped more than 30 per cent last year compared to 2016, with increases recorded in wealthy European countries like Germany where vaccination coverage has historically been high.

According to WHO's director of immunisation, vaccines and biologicals Martin Friede, the worrying trend of resurgent measles cases was a near-global phenomenon, but the causes varied among regions.

In Europe, experts blamed the problem in part on complacency and misinformation about a vaccine proven to be both effective and safe.

She said supposed experts making accusations against the vaccine without any evidence has had an impact on parents' decisions.

According to WHO, a country loses its measles elimination status when the same type of virus has been circulating for more than 12 continuous months.

Source: Radio Pakistan