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WHO raises alarm over 300% increase in case of measles globally

WHO raises alarm over 300% increase in case of measles globally

World Health Organization (WHO) has raised alarm over a 300 percent increase in the case of measles globally in the first quarter of 2019 compared with last year. WHO said provisional data has indicated a clear trend, with all regions of the world seeing outbreaks. 

Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has in recent months sounded the alarm over slipping global vaccination rates.

It also added that Africa has witnessed the most dramatic rise - up 700% which has weaker vaccination coverage than other regions.

According to WHO, it is easily preventable but due to falling rate of vaccination, it has made a sharp comeback.

MEASLES

Measles, an airborne infection causing fever, cough and rashes that can be deadly in rare cases - had been officially eliminated in many countries with advanced healthcare systems.

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus.

Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40 °C (104 °F), cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes.

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