Overall decrease of measles cases in the EU/EEA, but caseload remains high in some countries


  • Priscilla Lynch
  • Univadis Medical News
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The number of new cases of measles across the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) reduced in June, but the caseload remains high in some countries, according to the latest monitoring report from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

During the month of June, a total of 1,054 cases of measles were reported across 17 countries in the EU/EEA, which is a decrease from the 1,467 cases reported during the month of May.

Five countries continued to report generally high case counts in June but with a decreasing trend from May: Italy (260), France (181), Greece (155), Germany (90), and the United Kingdom (89).

However, Slovakia reported a marked increase with 72 cases, compared to 18 cases in May, while Romania reported 111 cases in June, an increase from the 100 cases reported in May.

Looking at the yearly situation from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, 13,234 cases of measles were reported across 29 EU/EEA Member States, said the ECDC.

It highlighted how measles continues to spread across Europe "because vaccination coverage in many countries is suboptimal". Only four EU/EEA countries reported figures of at least 95 per cent vaccination coverage for both doses of measles-containing vaccine last year. 

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