Measles is an airborne virus that can easily infect people in its path through simple sessions of coughs and sneezes. Patients manifest symptoms of fever, runny nose, inflamed eyes, and cough. However, the most recognizable sign is the red rash that spreads across the body in at least three days after the first symptoms. Authorities claim that measles vaccine which any child should receive is extremely effective. However, Europe is confronted at the moment with a deadly measles outbreak.
Romania Is the Hearth of a Deadly Measles Outbreak
Authorities warn European citizens that there were so far 35 deaths worldwide this year only. The cause of so many casualties is an epidemic of measles. The latest fatal case regards a 6-year-old Italian boy. This country saw at least 3,300 cases of measles and two deaths because of it in the past year only.
However, the most affected nation by far by this virus is Romania. This country is known to have low rates of immunization. This situation developed into the perfect medium for a deadly measles outbreak. The virus claimed 31 lives of children so far here.
The WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab accompanied the announcement with a wake-up call. She stated that this critical situation could have been entirely prevented since the measles vaccine is effective. The other casualties were from Portugal and Germany. Nonetheless, several other countries reported severe outbreaks as well. Unfortunately, America has to deal as well with a critical Minnesota measles outbreak.
“Although a safe, effective and affordable vaccine is available, measles remains a leading cause of death among children worldwide.”
Authorities Tracked Down the Scientific Papers that Linked Measles Vaccine to Autism
Romania is the second poorest country in UE and recorded 7,200 people infected with measles virus since 2016. However, the respiratory disease only scares patients with unthreatening red spots and other mild symptoms. On the other hand, 30% of patients might develop complications such as blindness, pneumonia, brain inflammation, diarrhea, and others.
Authorities discovered that many families refrain from resorting to the vaccine as they are afraid of contacting autism. This uncommon link originates from a 1998 paper whose author was Andrew Wakefield. Nonetheless, the same document was retracted in 2010 as Wakefield was found to have falsified data. No ulterior study managed to find any connection between measles vaccine and autism.
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