Measles cases will increase by 79% in 2022 after the spread of the Corona virus in vaccination campaigns 2022-04-27 10:40:00


LONDON (Reuters) – Measles cases jumped 79% in the first two months of this year compared to 2021, after coronavirus and lockdowns disrupted vaccination campaigns for children around the world, according to data from UNICEF and the World Health Organization. (Who is the).

In January and February, 17,338 measles cases were reported worldwide, up from 9,665 in the same period last year.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be especially dangerous for young children and infants. It spreads more quickly than Ebola, influenza, or COVID-19.

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell described the immunization gaps associated with the return to social mixing in the wake of the pandemic as a “perfect storm”.

“Measles is more than just a serious and deadly disease. It’s also an early indication that there are gaps in our global immunization coverage, which are gaps that vulnerable children cannot afford.”

The five countries with the largest measles outbreaks in the past 12 months were Somalia, Liberia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Ivory Coast. There were 21 major outbreaks during that time.

Child immunization campaigns have been derailed around the world during the coronavirus pandemic, and things have not fully recovered.

At the beginning of April, 58 campaigns in 43 countries were still postponed, affecting 212 million people – most of them children. UNICEF and the World Health Organization said 19 of these campaigns are for measles, putting 73 million children at risk.

Immunization campaigns against diseases such as typhoid and polio have also been disrupted. Last month, Malawi reported its first case of polio in decades, while Pakistan, one of only two countries where polio is still endemic, recorded its first case in more than a year this month. Read more

The World Health Organization and UNICEF said it was essential to get vaccination campaigns back on track.

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(Reporting by Jennifer Rigby) Editing by Josephine Mason and Mark Heinrich

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