300% increase in measles globally
- WHO raised alarm over a 300% increase in the case of measles globally in the first quarter of 2019 compared with last year.
- So far this year, 170 countries have reported 112,163 measles cases to WHO.
- Africa has witnessed the most dramatic rise – up 700% which has weaker vaccination coverage than other regions.
- Measles virus is an enveloped, ribonucleic acid virus of the genus Morbillivirus.
- Measles is highly contagious, and an infected person will often transmit the virus to over 90% of unprotected close contacts.
- The virus infects the respiratory tract, then spreads throughout the body. Measles is a human disease and is not known to occur in animals.
- Measles can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine and had been officially eliminated in many countries with advanced healthcare systems.
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