“We're going back,” recognized the World Health Organization.
According to the World Health Organization, in 2017, measles cases rose by more than 30% compared with 2016 and left 110,000 people.
The most important outbreaks of the disease were found in the Americas, in the Eastern Mediterranean and in Europe, “which indicates that we are moving in the opposite direction,” explained Martin Frieda, who heads the WHO Vaccines Department, to the media.
“The number of reported measles cases peaked in 2017, and several countries suffered from serious and prolonged outbreaks of the disease,” the organization said in a statement.
For Dr. Seth Berkeley, executive director of the Alliance Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), this increase in the number of cases is not surprising.
In Europe, there was “false information about the vaccine”, while in countries such as Venezuela, this increase was due to the “collapse of the health care system” and in Africa “low coverage” of vaccination campaigns, Berkeley explains
In many developed countries, distrust of vaccines has increased due to campaigns that link these types of treatment with such phenomena as autism.
“In the absence of rapid efforts to increase vaccination coverage and identify populations that show unacceptable levels of sub-vaccination or non-vaccination among children, we run the risk of erasing decades of progress in protecting children and communities from this disease is devastating, but can be avoided,” said Dr. Sumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General for WHO Programs.