GENEVA: Isles have nearly tripled worldwide during the first seven months of the year compared to the same period in 2018, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday amid growing concern about public resistance to the vaccine.
So far this year, 364,808 cases have been reported around the world, compared to 129,239 cases in the first seven months of the year.
These numbers are "the highest (recorded) since 2006," WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters in Geneva.
The numbers are especially troubling because only about one in 10 fact-finding cases are reported worldwide, according to WHO.
Means that are highly contagious can be completely prevented by a two-dose vaccine, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has in recent months sounded the alarm about sliding vaccine rates.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar and Ukraine registered the highest number of cases, WHO said.
In Madagascar, which registered about 127,500 cases in the first half of this year alone, numbers have dropped considerably in recent months following an emergency national vaccination campaign, the UN health agency has emphasized.
Measurement cases have increased worldwide, with the African region jumping 900% in cases year-over-year, while cases rising 230% in the western Pacific.
Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sudan, South Sudan and Thailand have all seen significant burns from the disease.
The United States, meanwhile, has recorded 1,164 cases so far this year, compared with 372 for all of 2018 and the highest number on record in a quarter century.
And in the European region, almost 90,000 cases were registered this year – well above the 84,462 cases registered last year.
Midsection – airway infection causing fever, coughing and rashes that are fatal in rare cases – has been officially eliminated in many countries with advanced health care systems.
But the so-called anti-vax movement – caused by fraudulent claims linking the MMR vaccine to cunning, murmur and rubella, and the risk of autism in children – has gained traction.
WHO noted that the reasons for people not being vaccinated vary significantly between communities and countries, with lack of access to good health care or vaccine services preventing some from getting the hang of it, while others go astray by "misinformation about vaccines, or low awareness of the need to vaccinate." . "
The redhead vaccine is a "safe and highly effective vaccine", WHO emphasized in a statement, urging "everyone to make sure their vaccines against the flaxseed." – AFP