Those people who warn against vaccinating kids? They are laying low today. They didn’t pick up the New York Times as they usually do on a Sunday — they don’t want to know.
You may want to know, however.
- “Measles making a comeback,” The Times of India
- Associated Press, “WHO says measles making rapid comeback”
- “Deadly measles outbreaks threaten Africa gains: WHO,” Reuters
More than 1,100 deaths from measles have been reported among 64,000 known cases in Africa the last year, it said. Chad, Nigeria and Zimbabwe have had the largest outbreaks.
“There is a widespread resurgence of measles with these outbreaks in over 30 African countries, some of which are seeing very high case fatality ratios,” WHO expert Peter Strebel told a news briefing.
Some 8,000 migrant children in Bulgaria also had the highly-contagious disease during the period, he said.
Measles deaths among children under five years old fell to 118,000 in 2008 from 733,000 in 2000, according to the United Nations agency’s latest figures.
But the WHO warned that a lack of funding and political commitment could result in a return to more than 500,000 cases measles deaths per year by 2012, wiping out the gains to date.
- Measles exposure in Fremont, Nebraska
- Four Iowa kids quarantined with measles after visit to Omaha, Nebraska: “Dr. Adi Pour, director of the Health Department, said in a press release that it was no surprise that the three other siblings became infected after the first was diagnosed last week. ‘None of the children in the family had been vaccinated,’ Pour said.”
Avoiding vaccinations for measles suddenly may not be a great idea.