UNICEF cites the cause of measles outbreaks in the world

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — About 169 million children in the world were not vaccinated against measles vaccine from 2010 to 2017, which led to the current outbreaks of the disease in various countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday.

According to UNICEF, over 21 million children remained vaccinated against measles every year during this period, leading to outbreaks of the measles epidemic that are observed today in various countries around the world.

In developed countries, the most children without vaccinations from 2010 to 2017, there were in the US – 2 million 593 thousand. In second place is France with 608 thousand children.

The third place is occupied by Great Britain, where there were 527 thousand children who were not vaccinated against measles. At the same time, the situation is already critical in low-income countries.

Thus, in Nigeria in 2017 almost 4 million children did not receive measles vaccine, 2.9 million in India, 1.2 million in Pakistan and Indonesia, and 1.1 million in Ethiopia.

UNICEF recalled that in the first three months of 2019, more than 110,000 cases of measles were reported worldwide, which is 300% higher than the same period last year.

“The basis for the global measles outbreaks we are witnessing today was laid several years ago. The measles virus will always find unvaccinated children. If we are serious about preventing the spread of this dangerous but preventable disease, every child should be vaccinated in both and in poor countries,” said UNICEF executive director Henrietta Faure.

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