Increase in measles cases worldwide in early 2022



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The World Health Organization (WHO) reports a 79% increase in measles cases worldwide in the first two months of 2022, compared to the same period last year.

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Nearly 17,338 measles cases were reported worldwide in January and February 2022, compared to 9,665 in the first two months of 2021. Since measles is highly contagious, cases tend to appear quickly when vaccination levels drop. .

WHO and UNICEF warn this is a worrying sign of an increased risk of spreading vaccine-preventable diseases and could trigger larger outbreaks, particularly of measles affecting millions children in 2022.

The risk of significant outbreaks has increased as communities ease social distancing practices and other preventive COVID-19 measures implemented at the height of the pandemic. Additionally, with millions of people displaced by conflict and crises, including in Ukraine, Ethiopia, Somalia and Afghanistan, disruptions to routine immunization and COVID-19 vaccination services, lack of Drinking water and sanitation and overcrowding increase the risk of vaccination. preventable disease outbreaks.

Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Ethiopia are reporting the highest number of cases in 2022. Last year, 21 major outbreaks were reported globally.

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“Measles is more than a dangerous and life-threatening disease. It is also a first indication that there are gaps in our global immunization coverage, gaps that vulnerable children cannot afford,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell. “It is encouraging to see that people in many communities are beginning to feel sufficiently protected against COVID-19 to resume more social activities. But doing it in places where children don’t get routine vaccinations creates the perfect storm for the spread of a disease like measles.