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Epidemic: Measles Cases in Italy On the Rise, Correlating With Decrease in Vaccinations

GrumpyGuyGrumpyGuy Member
edited April 2017 in Disease

Italy has announced that it is experiencing a measles epidemic following a fall-off in vaccinations, as the United States issued a warning to visitors about the outbreak of the potentially fatal disease.

The Italian health ministry said on Wednesday there had been almost 1,500 registered cases of measles so far this year against some 840 in all of 2016 and some 250 in 2015.

“Italy and Romania have an epidemic at the moment,” said Walter Ricciardi, president of the Higher Health Institute, adding that he understood why the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an advisory this week.

Ricciardi told Radio 24 that unlike in Italy, the United States had launched a large campaign to convince parents to vaccinate their children.

The Higher Health Institute says only around 85% of two-year-olds are being vaccinated against measles at present, well below the 95% threshold recommended by the World Health Organisation to block the illness.


  • When I was growing up, measles were almost as common as a cold.  In fact, parents would have their children get together just so others could catch it too.  Nobody ever heard of it ever being fatal. 

    Not too long ago, I heard that those who have had measles or chicken pox when they were younger, have a far lower risk of getting shingles when they get older.  Most children who get measles don't even feel ill from it.  I understand that, that certainly isn't the case with shingles when you're older.

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  • It seems measles were eliminated from North America back in 2000, with all further cases being spread to unvaccinated people by foreign visitors (and quickly contained).

    From CDC:

    In 2016, 70 people from 16 states were reported to have measles. In 2015, 188 people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); this is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.

    • The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated.
    • Measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.
    • Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S.
    • Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated.

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