Poland records 220 cases of measles

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Polish authorities recorded a total of 220 cases of measles between January and November 2018, the recent report of National Institute of Public Health - National Institute of Hygiene (NIZP-PZH) states.

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According to the report, in 2017 only 62 cases were recorded.

In early November, the outbreak of this disease happened in suburbs of Warsaw. More than fifteen cases were recorded near the capital of Poland.

According to authorities, the majority of the confirmed cases of measles concerned foreigners, most likely from Ukraine.

At that time, Łukasz Szumowski, the Health Minister, called for vaccinating. “Let’s vaccinate our children because the country’s security depends on it”, Mr Szumowski said in November.

The ministry also announced that it has been working over regulations, forbidding unvaccinated foreigners from third countries from entering Poland.

According to the data of World Health Organisation, in years 2000-2017 vaccinations against measles saved lives of around 21 mln people. WHO reports that the number of infected is increasing, in 2017 recorded 30 percent more cases than in 2016.

The largest increases in the number of measles cases was recorded in Europe and area of the Mediterranean Basin. The decrease was observed only in the area of the Western Pacific Ocean.