Measles cases on the rise in Europe again following drop during summer

  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
  • 11 Jan 2019

  • curated by Priscilla Lynch
  • Vaccination International News
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The incidence of measles is beginning to rise again in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA), following a decline in the summer, the latest data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows.

A total of 385 cases were reported for November 2018, up from a year low of 274 in September, and 297 cases in October.

Poland, France, Italy, the United Kingdom (UK) and Portugal had the highest November case counts with 74, 60, 51, 22 and 21 cases, respectively. In comparison, Poland reported nine measles cases in September and 16 in October.

Between 1 December 2017 and 30 November 2018, 30 EU/EEA Member States reported 12,790 cases of measles. Only one country reported no cases.

The most measles cases were reported by France (2,921, 23% of all cases), Greece (2,634, 21%), Italy (2,548, 20%), Romania (1,346, 10%) and the UK (984, 8%).

Thirty-five deaths attributable to measles were reported during the 12-month period in Romania, Italy, France and Greece. 

Of 11,438 cases (89% of total cases) with known age and vaccination status, 9,128 (80%) were unvaccinated, 1,275 (11%) had received one dose of measles-containing vaccine, 814 (7%) had received two or more doses, and 221 (2%) were vaccinated with an unknown number of doses.