Geneva, Beritasatu.com– The number of measles cases in the first three months of 2019 worldwide is reported to have tripled compared to the same period last year.
As reported BBCOn Tuesday (4/4), the World Health Organization (WHO) said temporary data showed a "clear trend," with all regions of the world experiencing the outbreak.
Africa experienced the most significant increase – up to 700%. The WHO revealed that the actual number could be higher because globally only one of the 10 cases was reported.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can lead to serious health complications, including lung and brain infections.
Ukraine, Madagascar and India are the most affected countries, with tens of thousands of cases registered for every one million inhabitants.
Since September, at least 800 people have died of measles in Madagascar. The measles outbreak also invaded Brazil, Pakistan and Yemen, "causing many deaths – especially children."
The increase in the number of cases has also been recorded in several other countries, including the United States and Thailand, which, incidentally, have high vaccination coverage.
The United Nations says the disease is "very preventable" with the right vaccination. But global coverage of the first stage of immunization actually "stopped" at 85%, "even less than 95% needed to prevent an outbreak."
In an opinion post for CNNWHO leader Henrietta Fore and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the middle world was "in the midst of a measles crisis." According to him, there is confusing and contradictory information about the vaccines that are part of the guilt.