Mindful of Measles in Europe

The ongoing measles outbreaks across Europe continue to produce new cases, with four regional countries reporting seven deaths collectively to date this year. Countries with significant numbers of infections include: Greece (1,008 cases), Romania (757), France (429) and Italy (164).

A European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) report notes that: ‘the highest incidence of cases was reported in infants below one year of age, being those most at risk of severe complications and deaths … are best protected by herd immunity.’ The report also refers to outbreaks in the wider region: Belarus, Georgia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine. Read more