The World Health Organization (WHO) said that Europe recorded a record number of measles cases last year, partly due to an increasing number of incidents where parents do not want to vaccinate their children.
The WHO European Region, which covers some 900 million people, reported that 82 patients were infected in 47 countries last year, the highest in a decade, and 72 died.
"At the same time, a record number of children is being vaccinated, which raises the hope that the high incidence of infections will not last," the WHO said in a statement released on Thursday. Without protection, resulting in a record number of HIV-infected people in 2018. "
Measles are a highly contagious viral disease that can cause hearing loss and brain disturbances in children and can lead to death in severe cases.
In many countries, vaccination campaigns try to discourage parents from immunizing their children, despite strong scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective.