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Measles Cases Worldwide Have Tripled Since January, Warns WHO

In many parts of the world, the number of measles cases has risen sharply, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these are the “highest” figures ever recorded since 2006.

“These are the highest figures ever since 2006,” said WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier at a press briefing in Geneva.

The highest rates were recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Ukraine, according to the results of the institution.

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“All regions saw a rise in cases last year. From October 2018 to February 12, a total of 66,278 cases and 922 deaths were reported, “reports WHO. This figure is likely to change in the coming months, “says Katrina Kretsinger, Medical Officer, WHO Expanded Program on Immunization.

It should be emphasized that measles is a highly contagious viral disease that usually affects children. The mode of contamination is either by respiratory route (coughing or sneezing) or by direct contact with snot.

The disease is observed in the individual after 8 to 12 days and is manifested by a high fever (38-540 ° C), a dry cough, red eyes and runny nose. With a free vaccine in the health centers, you can avoid getting the disease.

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