Global measles resurging, WHO warns
Measles is a highly contagious disease that in severe cases can lead to complications such as blindness, pneumonia and infection and swelling of the brain. There has been a worldwide resurgence of measles, with many countries experiencing “severe and protracted” outbreaks, last year, a report warns.
World Health Organization (WHO) data shows a 30% rise in cases in almost every region of the world.
Experts say the measles vaccine can save millions of lives, but that complacency and a rise in fake news about the safety of the vaccine have led to some parents not getting their children vaccinated.
Team update: In the last month, Public Health England has warned of an outbreak of measles in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, with some primary schools emailing parents to warn them. A number of GP surgeries have contacted families whose children have not had the MMR vaccination.