Sunday, July 17

the WHO Fears a Measles Outbreak

The WHO (no not the British Rock Band famous for destroying the musical equipment used during the performance on stage) that is the World Health Organization has a new fear that they want to make the world aware of: Measles

The sometimes deadly illness which ran rampant for decades before being pushed back by the use of vaccines is on its way back, and in some places in a big way.

Measles has been almost none existant in the US and Canada for years but cases of infection have started to rise again recently.

Two spots on the African continent are currently experiencing an outbreak, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Both have poor medical systems and little in the way of sanitation. But the illness is not isolated to the African continent.

The WHO recommend making sure that you have been vaccinated before travelling outside of the United States.

WHO/Europe and national public health authorities strongly recommend that all people travelling to large public events check to make sure that they are up to date on their measles vaccinations. WHO further recommends vaccination of adolescents and young adults who have not had two doses of measles vaccine. In addition to measles vaccination, people should check to make sure they are protected against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, rubella and mumps.

As of the end of May 2011, 38 European countries had reported more than 12,000 measles. In many of those countries, the number of new measles cases reported from January to May 2011 exceeds the total for the previous year.

More than 90% of the cases that have been reported this year occurred in 8 countries: Belgium, France, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan. Outbreaks continue to spread and take on new areas like this latest outbreak in Ethiopia and Kenya.

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