Holidaymakers are urged to check their vaccination status against measles
Holidaymakers are urged to check their vaccination status against measles after cases hit eight-year high across Europe
- Across Europe there were more than 41,000 cases from January to June 2018
- WHO warned number of cases this year has outstripped any other since 2010
- Ukraine is the country hardest hit by measles with over 23,000 reported cases
Holidaymakers were yesterday urged to ensure they were vaccinated against measles after cases of the disease in Europe reached an eight-year high.
The World Health Organisation warned that the number of cases during 2018 has already outstripped any year since 2010.
Across Europe there were more than 41,000 cases recorded during the first six months of 2018, including 37 deaths.
Across Europe there were more than 41,000 cases of measles recorded during the first six months of 2018, including 37 deaths
The global health body said France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine have had more than 1,000 cases each so far in 2018.
Ukraine has been the hardest hit, with more than 23,000.
Public Health England said holidaymakers should ensure they are up to date with their measles, mumps and rubella vaccination before travel.
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Those starting university or attending festivals should ensure they are protected. WHO said that from January 1 to August 6 there were 807 laboratory confirmed measles cases in England – many linked to outbreaks in Europe.
It said 58 per cent of them have been among children aged 15 and younger, who missed out on their MMR vaccine when younger.
Dr Mary Ramsay, of PHE, said: ‘Anyone who missed out on their MMR vaccine should contact their GP to catch-up.’
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