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May 27, 2017
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Measles’ big comeback

WHO warns of a huge outbreak across Europe

Anyone headed to Europe should make sure their measles vaccinations are up to date. More than 559 measles cases were reported on the continent in January 2017 alone; 474 of those cases were reported in seven of the 14 endemic countries (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Switzerland and Ukraine) with the largest outbreaks occurring in Italy and Romania. “With steady progress toward elimination over the past two years, it is of particular concern that measles cases are climbing in Europe,” Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO’s regional director for Europe said in a March press release. According to Dr Theresa Tam, Canada’s interim chief public health officer, there have been 10 confirmed cases of measles in Canada so far this year, all related to travel. Those who need to update their protection should get their shots six weeks before travelling, she said. To read the WHO’s entire press release: euro.who.int/en/media-centre.

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