It has been reported that measles cases worldwide have risen by almost a third over the last year, partly because parents have not vaccinated their children, health organizations said.
The rise of measles, a highly contagious scourge that has been almost eradicated in many parts Just a few years ago, the world of the world was "deeply worrying," the organizations said in a report on the fight against the eradication of measles.
"Without urgent efforts to increase the number of vaccinations and to identify populations with unacceptable levels of under- or unimmunization children, we risk the loss of decades of progress." Soumya Swaminathan, deputy director-general for programs of the World Health Organization, the results.
The findings confirmed similarly alarming results that World Healt had reported three months ago h Organization for Europe, which indicates that measles reached its highest level in two decades across the continent.
At least 95 percent of the population must have immunity to control the spread of measles, according to public health officials. In some European countries, however, it is 85 percent or less. Healthcare officials have blamed the immunity problem partly on parents' neglect and the false belief that vaccines can cause autism and other ailments.
The increase in measles in Latin America was partly due to an economic disaster in Venezuela, where many people are suffering from public health services have ceased to be affected or malfunctioning.
The number of officially reported measles cases in 2017 was 173,330, according to the report 31 percent more than in 2016. Nevertheless, the number of reported cases last year was well below the 853,479 described in 2000.
The disease may lead to debilitating and sometimes fatal complications, severe diarrhea, dehydration, pneumonia and vision loss. Babies and toddlers with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable.
According to a report, an estimated 110,000 people died of measles last year, mostly children.
The report: "Progress Towards Regional Measles Remediation – Worldwide, 2000-2017", is a joint publication by the World Health Organization and United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Seth Berkley, Gavi's chief executive officer, the Vaccine Alliance, a vaccine-advocacy group in low-income countries, said the increase in reported cases has shown that further efforts are needed to increase vaccine coverage.
"Complacency with the disease and the spread of falsehoods about the vaccine in Europe, a collapsing health system in Venezuela, and fragile areas of low vaccine density in Africa combine to lead to a worldwide resurgence of measles after years of progress," he said.