WHO noted that the worrying trend of measles' appearance is actually a global phenomenon, but the reasons for this are different. In Europe, experts blame the problem for part of the problem of self-sufficiency and false vaccine information that has proved to be as effective and safe as possible, French AFP news agency said.
Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biological Drugs in WHO Martin Friede commented on citing "suspected experts" on the account of the vaccine for which there was no evidence affected the parents' decision to vaccinate children from measles. In this regard, he pointed out the unsupported allegations that connect autism to the measles vaccine and spread the so-called " Anti-vaccination campaign on social networks.
And the number of measles cases has also risen in Latin America, but this is at least partly a consequence of the worsening of the health system in Venezuela, Gavi said Seth Berkley, The chronic political and economic crisis has led to serious inflation in Venezuela, and hospitals have difficulty in preserve vaccine supply. Friede has in the meantime pointed out that, more than the increase in the cases of measles, he is concerned that we are witnessing a permanent transmission of this disease infection in countries where this was not the case. According to him, this suggests that we are actually going back in this area. Many countries, including Germany, Russia and Venezuela, have taken the status of countries without measles for the past 12 months. The country loses that status if "the same type of virus circulates more than 12 consecutive months," says WHO.
The World Health Organization has also stated that the global fight against measles in this century is generally impressive. In 2000 there were more than 850,000 cases of measles, last year of 173,000. Because of this progress, the recent crisis in this area is increasingly frustrating, according to a World Health Organization immunization expert Ann Lindstrand, "We have a safe and effective vaccine," she pointed out. "It's not rocket science, we know what to do," she added.
According to WHO guidelines, 95% coverage of the first dose of vaccine is required to prevent measles. Globally, coverage was already 85%, numbers are lower in areas such as Africa where the coverage last year was 70%. Rubella is a very contagious disease that can cause severe diarrhea, pneumonia or vision loss, and in some cases death.