22 Dead in measles outbreak in the Philippines

In the case of a measles outbreak in the Philippines died within a few days, at least 22 people – possibly as a result of Impfskandals. According to information from the health authorities on Thursday grass, the disease be both in the Metropolitan area of Manila as well as in other provinces. Alone in the capital Region have been reported since the beginning of the year, more than 440 cases.

The government of the Southeast Asian island state leads the high number of people with this disease to a Impfskandal: In the Philippines, there had been a vaccination programme against dengue fever, in which the means Dengvaxia of the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi had been administered, a number of deaths. Therefore, many parents let their children generally do not vaccinate against measles.

In total, more than 830 000 Filipino children had in the years 2016/17 the Dengue vaccine get, until the government suspended the program, after all. The group took the means from the sale.

Appeal to the parents

Health Minister Francisco Duque appealed to the parents in the affected regions, to let their children against measles vaccinated: “This is an effective and safe method, to prevent the further spread.”

Measles are extremely contagious. The viruses are transmitted when Talking, coughing or Sneezing, on tiny droplets in the air. The disease starts with flu-like symptoms and later a characteristic rash accompanied by skin. The infection weakens the immune system immensely, more infections are so common. According to the world health organization, approximately 110,000 people, mainly children died around the world by 2017. Original goal was it, the measles by 2020, to eradicate.

By comprehensively introduced in immunization campaigns, the number of infections had dropped in the past 17 years, a total of 85 percent. An estimated 21 million people had been saved, life is so, the findings of a new analysis. However, the world health organization (WHO) in the past year, alarmed because of 2017, 31 percent more cases were reported than in the previous year. Even in 2018, there have been to November, ten percent more cases than in 2017.

Currently, the WHO reports 72 deaths in the European Region in the year 2018, more than 82,000 people have been infected.

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