Alarming Figures: the WHO, the rapid increase in reported measles reports of cases in the world

The WHO reports alarming measles Numbers. Particularly Africa is affected. But also in Europe, the disease spreads rapidly. In the first half of 2019, there were globally the highest number of reported measles cases since 2006 in the same period.

Until the end of July, almost three Times as many as in the same period of last year, and more than the total year 2018 have been registered in 182 countries, according to preliminary Figures, almost 365 000 measles cases, such as the world health organization (WHO) in Geneva reported.

"Millions of people around the world are in Gefahr", the WHO reported. She recommends travellers to check their vaccination status. From the age of six months, everyone should be, at the latest, vaccinated 15 days prior to travel to affected regions.

Only a fraction of the diseases reported at all

2018 worldwide a total of more than 350 000 measles cases have been reported, more than twice as many as the year before. The WHO stressed, however, that only a fraction will be reported to part of the actual diseases. The latest WHO estimates, the true Figures are based on 2017. At the time, are probably sick of 6.7 million people, measles and 110 000 died. By 2016, the measles were the Numbers declining on a worldwide scale.

Measles is one of the most contagious diseases in the world. Affected are mostly children. Survivors may bear brain damage or blind and deaf. The WHO calls for more vaccinations. The Federal Cabinet has passed a law for a measles vaccination in Germany. As of March 2020, the parents must demonstrate, prior to the inclusion of their children in a nursery or school that they are vaccinated. The Bundestag must still approve it.

Trend in decline in Germany

In the WHO Africa region, the number of reported cases had increased in the first six months, compared to the prior year period, an increase of 900 per cent, in the Western Pacific region by 230 percent, according to the WHO. In the Europe Region increased by 120 percent. To include the Region Russia, Turkey, Israel and in Asia, the countries of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan in the EU.