Covid-19 restrictions increase 'measles' cases In the report prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO), it was pointed out that the vaccination levels fell to critical levels due to the restrictions imposed within the scope of combating the corona virus epidemic and that the worst increase in measles cases of a quarter of a century was experienced.
While the corona virus outbreak has increased its impact all over the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) pointed out that the cases of measles are on the rise worldwide. In the report prepared by WHO, it was pointed out that due to the restrictions applied within the scope of the fight against Covid-19, vaccination worldwide fell below critical levels and fell to the worst figures of almost a quarter of a century.
WHO stated that millions of children are at risk of illness this year, as global restrictions further disrupt vaccination programs. Measles is known to be more contagious than Covid-19, Ebola, tuberculosis or flu.
WHO reported that measles infected 870 thousand people worldwide last year and caused the deaths of more than 207 thousand people. In the report, it was stated that measles cases have reached the worst levels since 1996 in all WHO regions last year, due to the 95 percent vaccination required to protect communities from communicable diseases.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said in a statement, "These data send a clear message that we cannot protect children from measles in every region of the world.
The report, which is also supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stated that the main reason for the increase in measles-related deaths was that two doses of measles vaccine, which should be given to children, could not be hit in a timely and complete manner, and this was a collective failure. The report stated that this year, disruptions in vaccination due to Covid-19 prevented efforts to stop measles outbreaks. The CDC stated that as of this month, more than 94 million people are at risk of not getting the measles vaccine due to the suspension of vaccination campaigns in 26 countries.
After a steady decline worldwide from 2010 to 2016, measles cases have been on the rise again since 2017. Deaths from measles have increased by nearly 50 percent worldwide since 2016. WHO and UNICEF last week urged governments to take action on measles, polio and other infectious diseases.