The Pan-American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) has recommended that anyone traveling to the 2018 FIFA World Cup ™ ensure that they are up-to-date with all their vaccines, including measles, mumps and rubella (also known as MMR). The Football World Cup 2018 will be held in Russia this year from 14 June to 15 July.
The increase in international travel and the mass movements of people at events such as the World Cup increase the risk of disease transmission. It also increases the likelihood that travelers with diseases such as measles will return to their countries, which is highly contagious and can have serious consequences for the health of unvaccinated populations.
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Last year, the number of new cases of measles in Europe quadrupled, affecting 22,360 people and leading to 36 deaths in the first three months of 2018 more than 18,000 cases of measles – France, Greece, Serbia and the Ukraine are the countries with the highest number of cases – Russia reported more than 600.
About one million people from all over the world are expected to travel to the World Cup , who will participate in the World Cup, reported 28 cases of measles this year.
In 2018, 11 countries reported 1,194 confirmed cases of measles in the Americas region for the last measles and rubella bulletin of 19 May: Antigua and Barbuda (one case), Argentina (three cases), Brazil ( 173 cases), Canada (11 cases), Colombia (25 cases), Ecuador (7 cases), Guatemala (one case), Mexico (four cases), Peru (two cases), United States of America (63 cases) and Venezuela (904 cases)
This is higher than the four countries that registered a total of 895 cases in 2017: Argentina (3 cases), Canada (45 cases), United States of America (120 cases) and Venezuela ( 727 cases)
The region was declared free of endemic rubella in 2015 and measles in 2016. This was followed by a 22-year effort involving the mass vaccination of 450 million children, adolescents and adults under the age of 40 from anywhere on the continent between 2003 and 2009. However, cases and recent outbreaks have been imported in some countries
"Maintaining the elimination of measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in North and South America requires a vaccination coverage of at least 95 percent and rapid response to track and monitor imported cases break transmission path, "affirmed Ruiz Matus.
WHO / PAHO has been warning of the situation since May 2017, calling on countries to maintain a high immunization coverage, strengthen surveillance and urgently take action to respond to suspected cases
During the week of immunization in the Americas In April and during the FIFA World Cup 2018, PAHO stressed the urgent need to protect against vaccine-treatable diseases. Eleven countries announced their intention to strengthen vaccination programs against measles by vaccinating 6 million people during the week of vaccination.