Reported cases of measles increased more than 30% globally from 2016 to 2017, the WHO said on Thursday. The agency estimates that the disease was responsible for 110,000 deaths last year.
Increases in the vaccine-preventable disease were seen in the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Europe.
Global coverage of the first dose of measles vaccine is at 85%. The WHO says that 95% coverage is required to protect a community. Additionally, coverage of the second vaccine dose is at 67%.
By the Editors of Physician’s First Watch, www.JWatch.org
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