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Measles Resurgence in Europe
News Bytes 09/9/2019 39 Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) says there has been a “dramatic resurgence” of measles in Europe. Nearly 90,000 people had been sickened by the virus in the first half of 2019. The return of the serious illness is due in part to vaccine refusals, says WHO.

The U.N. health agency says the number of measles cases from January to June this year is double the number reported for the same period in 2018. Measles is among the world’s most infectious diseases. It is spread mostly by coughing, sneezing, and close personal contact. But the virus can live outside s human host for several hours—giving it time to transfer to a new person who touches an object or surface that a sick person breathed on. An unvaccinated person who comes in contact with an infected person has a 90% chance of contracting measles.

Measles is preventable with two doses of a vaccine, but there is no effective treatment once a person is infected. While the body fights the virus, the patient suffers high fever, coughing and respiratory issues, diarrhea, and a spotty red body rash. About 20% of those with the disease must be hospitalized. About 5% contract pneumonia. Measles can also cause brain swelling. It is particularly harmful for children age five and under, adults over age 20, and all pregnant women. Pneumonia is the most common cause of death from measles.

Numerous European countries have introduced stronger vaccination policies. But pockets of people continue to refuse the measles vaccine. Germany has documented more than 400 cases of measles this year. Last month, the German government proposed making measles immunization mandatory for children and employees at schools.

With more than 84,000 cases, Ukraine accounted for the vast majority of measles in Europe. In June, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 15 people in Ukraine had died of measles. Four countries—Albania, the Czech Republic, Greece, and the United Kingdom—had eliminated measles inside their borders. That is no longer the case.

“If high immunization coverage is not achieved and sustained in every community, both children and adults will suffer unnecessarily and some will tragically die,” says Dr. Guenter Pfaff, chair of the WHO committee on measles in Europe.

In some developed countries, measles vaccination rates dropped following the publication of a flawed study in the late 1990s. That study suggested a link between the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and autism. Health officials have struggled to debunk fears about the vaccine’s safety ever since.

“Misinformation about vaccines is as contagious and dangerous as the diseases it helps to spread,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement this week.

In 2017, WHO estimated about 110,000 people died from measles worldwide. Most were children under five years old.

(A vial of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine at a health clinic in Vashon Island, Washington. The World Health Organization reports that vaccine refusal is part of the cause of a measles outbreak in Europe this year, with nearly 90,000 people sickened by the virus in the first half of 2019. AP Photo)

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just get the shot?!

just get the shot?!

Oh....No..................!!........; o

I think I have the measles shot. BUt 110,000 people died fro measles!! that's sad!!! hope this dosent come to the USA!!!


This is so sad. I don't like

This is so sad. I don't like shots, but I'd much rather have a measles shot than measles!


Get the shot people!

@Nadia A

Remember the article about measles in the US?


The reason some people don't get shots is because the vaccine is made up of a small measles germ and some preservative fluid. The fluid is very harmful to your body. That is why some people don't get a vaccine. They are fine taking the germ, it's the preservative chemical fluid that is harmful. I myself have not had any vaccines.

@ Beth

oh ya...!! HELP!!!!!!

Brenna G

There really aren't that many people who die from measles. The biggest cause of death from measles is pneumonia, and only about 5% of people who have the measles get pneumonia.

Brenna G

God has given our bodies the ability to fight the virus off, so there's really not much to worry about.


Exactly. If it's God's will that we will get the measles, nothing we do can prevent it.

@Vaughn H

Are you saying we shouldn't take any preventative measures? Should we wear seatbelts or will God keep us safe without them?

Janna (Daniel's sister)

If this people are refusing to take their vaccinations, then they get what's coming to them............

Janna (Daniel's sister)

Sorry "these" people.


I have never had the measles but in sure i will


But im

Janna (Daniel's sister)

I already had my shots for measles, chicken pocks, and mumps, so I don't think I have to worry about getting anything like this. Most people get chicken pocks instead of measles anyway, and chicken pocks is a lot less dangerous.

Look at the picture!!!

Please look at the picture. Notice the ingredient list on the box. The Rubella vaccine contains human diploid cells!!! Those are from killed babies!!!! So is the Wistar RA 27/3!!!!!!! Do you really want that injected in your body?!!!!

Seatbelts everyone!

Bethsarah G. is right. These are dangerous diseases. It doesn't sound like a lot if only 5% of measles victims get pneumonia, but you have to remember that we are talking about millions and millions of people. 5% of 1,000,000 is 50,000 people! I'm thinking Brenna G. may have missed the death count of 110,000 in just one year when she said "Not many people die from measles." and "There's not much to worry about." God may be protecting me, but I sure won't jump off a building to test it!

@ GL

gross!! I see it!!!!

@ Zack W. and Beth G.


Zach W

That is 110,000 people WORLDWIDE. Out of the billions of people on this Earth, it really isn't that much after all. Influenza killed 80,000 people in just the U.S. last year, but people don't freak it about that as much as about measles.
In 18th and 19th centuries, people didn't really get concerned about measles, but now everyone is so much more scared and we have more medicine to help with it. (There isn't a cure for measles once you get it, but you can take stuff to make it less harsh)
I'm not saying to jump-off a cliff, but that God has given our bodies the ability to fight off disease.

@Natilee G.

Thats 100,000 families, watching their children die of a preventable disease. It doesn’t matter if it’s wordwide or not, 110,000 is way to many.
God has not given us a perfect immune system to fight of every disease, but he has given us the ingenuity to create cures to help. Why don’t we use them?

@ Zack W

we should unless they have aborted baby parts in them!!
how old are you?


I agree with Brenna! I am always telling my mom that if she's going to get eaten by a shark when we go to the ocean, it will happen! God has everything in control for these people. I still feel bad for them though!

P. S.

I also agree that we shouldn't test God.

I also agree with Zach!

I also agree with Zach!

@Nadia A.

Thats a common, but incorrect myth. certain ingredients used cells from two already dead fetuses in production, but the ingredients themselves contain no human content, and no baby or fetus was ever killed with the intention to use it for vaccines.

@ Zack W

certain ingredients used cells from two already dead fetuses. How do you know that they weren't aborted?.................???

@Nadia A

They were. But Zack is saying they were aborted for other reasons.

Oh no.

Oh no.

Emily K

I agree with Zach. the benefits from vaccines far outnumber the risks. Especially young children are affected by the measles, which is tragic. For people talking about aborted baby parts, it is true that they put cells from aborted babies into vaccines, but they did that once, a long time ago. But they are still using those cells today. If you see on the box Haman Diploid Cell WI-38. That cell was diploid human cell line composed of fibroblasts derived from lung tissue of a 3-month-gestation aborted female fetus. There is also another cell that was from an aborted male baby. While I think that abortion is horrible, the parents had already decided to abort their children, and then those cells were put into the vaccines. It has not happened again, but doctors are still using those cells (the same cells, i'm not quite sure how, you can research it if you are interested). In conclusion, I think that vaccines are important, and save thousands of lives each year. Just look up a chart of the amount of measles deaths before and after vaccines began to be used. And, I don't think that saying "If God gives us the measles, than we shouldn't try to prevent it". That is like choosing not to wear seat belt in the car, or not to go to the hospital if you get badly hurt. I hope that this all makes sense. Feel free to ask me any questions. - Emily K

@ Beth

ok. but they were still aborted!

@Nadia A

Yes. They were. And that is very sad.

To above


Karisma S

Really, people should take the vaccine. Even though you probably won't get sick, there's a chance you could, and if you don't take the vaccine you're making it easier for the sickness to spread. If not for yourself, do it for other people.


If you trust vaccines enough that you don't think you'll get sick, there shouldn't be a problem with unvaccinated people getting sick. You're saying anti-vaxers should think about others, but if others are vaccinated, then wouldn't they be okay? It kind of seems like you don't trust vaccines after all.

to above

you can get along fine without the vaccinations I have had whooping cough and I'm unvaccinated and I'm just fine besides most of these you get them once and then your fine


I'm gona get the flue shot and if I get sick I'll blame the shot and never get it attain again'

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