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Outbreak of measles in Africa reappears and comes to Europe and Asia

About 19 million cases were recorded in sub-Saharan Africa in areas where children have not been immunized

 
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Africa is a continent of which re-register, recently, new outbreaks of measles. The alert is the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the organization reported this week, the situation is also seen as serious in Europe and Asia. About 19 million cases were recorded in sub-Saharan Africa in areas where children under five years were not vaccinated against the disease in 2010.

According to WHO, the weak public health systems and lack of financial support to purchase vaccines, coupled with the reduction of political support, rolled back gains made in controlling and treating disease.

Between 2000 and 2010, the impetus for routine immunization in sub-Saharan Africa could reduce deaths from measles by up to 85%.

In collaboration with the Fund's Un Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other partners, the agency announced the development of a new initiative to maintain control and eradication of measles. The campaign aims to meet the challenges by the end of 2015 to reduce mortality from the disease in 95%.

However, even according to the UN, the major challenges identified were the weak immunization systems and countries with high population density and high migration.

The hesitation to vaccination, particularly in some industrialized nations, and civil unrest were seen as factors that hinder the access of children to vaccination against the disease.

The expectation is that by the end of 2020, the elimination of measles and rubella should occur at least five of the six WHO regions of operation.

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