WHO: Measles increase in Europe

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Measles outbreak in Europe: number of new infections increased according to WHO

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 6,000 people have contracted measles in the past few months. The WHO is responsible for the relative spread of the disease by a relative “refusal to vaccinate” of the population.

According to the WHO, the European area has experienced a rather large outbreak of the measles infectious disease in recent months. The childhood disease was diagnosed in around 6,500 patients in 33 European countries. Most cases of infection have been reported from France. In the first quarter (January to March) of this year, 4937 people were infected. In the entire previous year, there were just over 5000 reported cases (5,090), so that experts from the WHO assume that the previous year's figure in 2011 will be far exceeded.

Infectious disease measles
Measles is caused by highly contagious measles viruses by droplet infection, which mainly affect children. In addition to the typical red spots on the skin of measles, the infectious disease causes fever and a very weakened general condition. In unfavorable constellations, life-threatening complications such as pneumonia or meningitis can occur. Such serious courses only occur in 0.1 percent of the cases.

Vaccination refusal is widespread
The WHO is responsible for the widespread vaccine fatigue among the population for the new germination of the disease. Vaccinations are often rejected for ideological reasons or simply forgotten. According to WHO studies, the 10 to 19 year olds in particular are often not vaccinated. However, at least 90 percent of the European population should be vaccinated to prevent this spread, according to the WHO. In addition to France, at least two major measles outbreaks have been reported in Andalusia, Spain, since October 2010. In Macedonia, at least 400 people have been infected since the beginning of the year.

Spread of measles in Germany
Not only France, Spain and Macedonia, but also Germany is the focus of regular outbreaks. A total of 780 cases of infection were officially registered in 2010. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), this corresponds to an increase of around 25 percent compared to the same period in the previous year (plus 200). From January 2011 to the present day, around 230 people have contracted the measles virus. About half of all cases were reported from Baden-Württemberg. According to the health authorities, the disease rate has so far been about seven times higher than in the previous year. Of the 107 patients, 45 were children under the age of ten. In the previous year, the previous year's value was 16 cases.

Triple and quadruple vaccinations
A measles vaccination is given as a triple or quadruple vaccine. Vaccination is usually carried out in a combination against measles, mumps and rubella or measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox. Possible side effects of a vaccination can include fever, headache and fatigue. Local pain, swelling, and redness may also occur at the injection site. Severe vaccination complications that led to allergic reactions were also occasionally observed. Inflammation of the brain or a drop in the number of platelets are very rare. Since such reactions have already occurred, measles vaccination is a subject of constant controversy, especially among vaccination critics. Consequences such as allergies, asthma, diabetes or Crohn's disease have not been proven. Critics complain that studies on this have not been carried out in detail in order to completely rule out a connection.

Measles party for immunization
So-called “measles parties”, in which the non-infected are deliberately brought together with infected children, are very far and are often viewed critically by doctors. This is to ensure that the children become infected at an early stage and thus obtain a later immunization. An onset of the disease in later adulthood increases the risk of serious complications. However, many conventional doctors advise against such “measles parties”. After all, the disease as such was “not to be trivialized”. (sb)

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