The World Health Organization has announced that measles cases have exploded by nearly 80% in the past two months worldwide. The organization is sounding the alarm.
As the world struggles to recover from the coronavirus pandemicwe may have to deal with an epidemic of a deadly disease, this time well known to the general public: measles. This viral infection highly contagious “is characterized by a high fevera cougha nasopharyngitis and an conjunctivitis important, then by a rash on the skin“, indicates the site of the social security. According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, the number of measles cases jumped 79% in the first two months of 2022, with 17,338 measles cases reported, compared to 9,665 in the same period last year.
The two UN agencies fear that millions of children will contract the disease in 2022. Especially since the figures for this beginning of the year could be much higher than those given, because the Covid-19 pandemic 19 would have resulted in disrupt surveillance systems. We recense 21 major measles outbreaks since early 2022mainly concentrated in Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean region.
“Measles is more than a dangerous and potentially fatal disease”, warns Catherine Russell, the director of Unicef
A vaccine against the disease has existed for several years. But the vaccination campaign took a huge delay due, in particular, to the disruption of health systems linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the best protection against this disease is precisely a very high vaccination coverage. “Measles is more than a dangerous and life-threatening disease. It is also one of the first signs that there are gaps in global vaccination coverage”said Catherine Russell, director general of Unicef, whose remarks were reported in Le Figaro, this Wednesday, April 27. The WHO and Unicef are also afraid that this measles epidemic is a harbinger of outbreaks of other diseases which spread more slowly. “Now is the time to get essential immunization programs back on track and launch catch-up campaigns so that everyone can have access to these life-saving vaccines”insisted Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the WHO.
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The Covid soon to be replaced by another deadly disease? This chilling WHO warning This highly contagious viral infection “is characterized by high fever, cough, significant nasopharyngitis and conjunctivitis, then by a rash on the skin”, indicates the social security site.
The Covid soon to be replaced by another deadly disease? This chilling WHO warning According to the World Health Organization and Unicef, the number of measles cases jumped 79% in the first two months of 2022, with 17,338 measles cases reported, compared to 9,665 in the same period last year. last year.
The Covid soon to be replaced by another deadly disease? This chilling WHO warning But the vaccination campaign has taken a huge delay due, in particular, to the disruption of health systems linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Covid soon to be replaced by another deadly disease? This chilling WHO warning The WHO and UNICEF are also concerned that this measles epidemic is a harbinger of epidemics of other diseases which spread more slowly.
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