"Morbillivirus measles infection" by CDC/Dr. Heinz F. Eichenwald / Public Domain

Measles deaths ‘staggering and tragic’

Dec 6, 2019

By James Gallagher

More than 140,000 people died from measles last year as the number of cases around the world surged once again, official estimates suggest.

Most of the lives cut short were children aged under five.

The situation has been described by health experts as staggering, an outrage, a tragedy and easily preventable with vaccines.

Huge progress has been made since the year 2000, but there is concern that incidence of measles is now edging up.

In 2018, the UK – along with Albania, the Czech Republic and Greece, lost their measles elimination status.

And 2019 could be even worse.

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