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Über die Hälfte der Welt ist dem Risiko eines Masernausbruchs ausgesetzt: WHO

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The World Health Organization is warning that more than half of the world’s countries are at high risk of a measles outbreak by the end of the year, emphasizing the need for urgent preventive measures.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that can cause potentially fatal infection, especially in children under the age of five. It can be prevented by two doses of a measles vaccine (MCV). According to WHO estimates, vaccinations have prevented over 56 million measles-related deaths since 2000.

Eliminating measles requires high population immunity to interrupt transmission. The United States successfully eradicated measles in 2000 through an effective vaccination program. However, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in over 61 million MCV doses being postponed or missed, leading to a resurgence of the infection in many US states and countries worldwide. The latest CDC report confirmed a total of 20 measles cases in Arizona, California, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Over 306,000 measles cases were reported worldwide last year, representing a 79% increase from the previous year’s numbers.

“What concerns us is that we have these big gaps in our vaccination programs this year, and if we don’t fill them quickly with the vaccine, measles will just jump into these gaps. We can predict that,” said Natasha Crowcroft, WHO’s Senior Technical Advisor for Measles and Rubella.

“Data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and WHO show that more than half of all countries in the world will be at a high or very high risk of outbreaks by the end of this year,” added Crowcroft.

“We have seen many measles outbreaks worldwide, and middle-income countries have really suffered. And we are concerned that 2024 will look like 2019,” she warned. Crowcroft also called for urgent measures to protect children and cited „lack of commitment“ from governments in the face of current economic crises and conflicts.

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