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Measles Outbreak Spreading Across Europe

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A new report released this week shows that measles is once again on the rise in Europe. The measles news from the World Health Organization shows a drastic rise in measles cases over the last three years.

The World Health Organization reports that as of October, there have been 26,000 measles cases, and nine deaths, in Europe in 2011. That is three times as many cases during the same time period in 2007.

France accounted for about 14,000 cases in 2011. Most of the cases have been for children older than five and young adults. According to the Washington Post, Spain, Romania, Macedonia, and Uzbekistan have also seen big outbreaks.

Rebecca Martin, of the World Health Organization, said:

“We are seeing a surge of cases much larger than we’ve seen in the past five or six years… Over the years, people who haven’t been vaccinated are now giving the virus a big opportunity to spread.”

Seattle Pi reports that measles cases in Europe have been dropping for years, but they started to rise again in 2009.

Europe isn’t the only place experiencing a rise in measles cases. The United States had 205 cases this year, the most it has had in the last decade. According to the Washington Post, most of the cases in the US have been linked to other regions, including 20 cases from Europe.

Martin added:

“The U.S. normally only has about 50 cases a year. In May, international health officials posted an alert urging travelers everywhere to get vaccinated before flying overseas.”

WHO reports that the measles outbreak in Europe is due to the fact that many Europeans have not been vaccinated. In the United States, children are required to get a measles vaccination before they start school. Countries like Spain and Switzerland will pull unvaccinated children out of school during an outbreak, but they do not require children to be vaccinated.

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7 Responses to “Measles Outbreak Spreading Across Europe”

  1. Brenda Vargas

    I wonder how many people who have been vaccinated got measles and if the virus has mutated beyond what the vaccine can protect against. Like all things in nature; life in all forms continue to change. Especially viruses.

  2. Kera Wisher Erbelding

    Blah blah.. ya lets put more mercury and formaldahyde and lets not for get now fetus cells in our kids. People have no clue what's in the shots.

  3. Dani Wiley

    Do your research people and don't forget that you can choose a vaccine without mercury or split your vaccines so they don't get so many at once. Plus you need to relieze how many product over the counter have formaldehyde by products in them such as childrens shampoo. My choice is for my child not to have these diseases. Be smart and educated and don't just watch shows on vaccinations because they will be bias do your research for both sides and make an educated decision. I seperated my childs vaccines and he had no reactions to any of them and I can now feel that he is safe from these sort of out breaks.

  4. Jeanelle Keleman

    Oh, and don't forget the swine flu vaccine. Give me a break.

  5. Cynthia Parker

    Let's let measles come back. I had it when I was six, and it wasn't that bad. It provides permanent immunity and strengthens the immune system by giving it some real practice in combatting disease. Waldorf people say children make tremendous developmental leaps after recovering from measles. My daughter is autistic from encephalitis caused by the hep-B vaccine given at the hospital when she was born. Millions are autistic or have severe bowel disease from the MMR to prevent mild diseases like measles and mumps. If you or your child gets measles, stay in bed in a darkened room (to protect the eyes), don't take Tylenol or any other fever reducer, take Vitamin A to prevent complications, look up relevant homeopathic remedies, and just do it. Much better than the lifelong disability and permanent developmental delays millions of the vaccine-damaged have.

  6. James Johnson

    Cynthia, please provide one study (just one) that is generally accepted by the scientific community in which vaccines have harmed anyone. Just one relevant, accepted study.