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WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe

Europe has seen a massive surge in measles cases in 2017, which the World Health Organization says is a tragedy after a record low of 5,273 cases in 2016. Cases increased by 400%, with more than 20,000 people affected and 35 deaths. Fifteen European region countries, including the UK, had large outbreaks. Measles cases were highest in Romania, Italy and Ukraine. People shunning vaccination is part of the problem, say experts. The WHO says there have been declines in overall routine immunisation coverage, as well as consistently low coverage among…

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Measles outbreak in five English regions

Outbreaks of measles have been confirmed in five areas of England and now total more than 120 cases. Public Health England says the cases in West Yorkshire, Cheshire and Liverpool, West Midlands, Surrey and Greater Manchester are linked to ongoing large outbreaks in Europe. The overall risk in the UK is still low, but outbreaks can happen any time. The MMR jab protects against measles. Experts are urging parents to immunise their children. Anyone unsure if they are fully vaccinated should check with their GP. PHE says cases in England…

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Measles alert issued for Chicago O'Hare air travelers

A measles alert was issued Monday, four days after an air passenger who was diagnosed with the highly contagious virus passed through two terminals at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Somewhere between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Jan. 10, according to a statement obtained by ABC News and released by the Illinois Department of Public Health, “a passenger on an international flight with a confirmed case of measles arrived in Terminal 5” of the airport and the person “departed on a domestic flight from Terminal 1.” The…

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Measles 'tragedy' kills 35 across Europe

Thirty-five people have died in the past year from measles outbreaks across Europe, the World Health Organization has warned. It described the deaths – which can be prevented with vaccination – as an “unacceptable tragedy”. A six-year-old boy in Italy was the latest to die from the infection. More than 3,300 measles cases have been recorded in the country. The most fatalities – 31 – have been in Romania. But there have also been deaths in Germany and Portugal since June 2016. Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO regional director for…

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