Measles cases up 300% worldwide in 2019, says WHO

Maricruz Casares
Abril 15, 2019

Measles cases worldwide rose by 300% during the first three months of 2019 compared with the same period previous year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, amid growing concerns over the impact of anti-vaccination campaigns.

"Preliminary global data shows that reported cases rose by 300 percent in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018".

It said the number of measles cases worldwide rose to 112,163 against the same period past year, citing provisional data.

The data is provisional, and the actual number of measles cases is likely higher, as World Health Organization estimates that less than 1 in 10 cases globally are reported to the agency. "Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases", WHO further said.

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The organisation noted that actual cases always surpass reported cases, meaning the early trends for 2019 likely underestimate the severity of the outbreaks.

The number of measles cases in the United States made its biggest jump of the year, with 90 new cases reported in just one week, according to numbers released Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At this time a year ago, 163 countries had reported 28,124 cases.

"The disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people", it added.

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