Severe ongoing measles outbreak in Romania, 3,071 cases, including 16 deaths, from September 2016 to mid-February 2017.
“Considering the size and geographical spread of the ongoing measles outbreak in Romania, the likelihood of the export of measles cases is high,” the ECDC said.
Romania’s National Institute of Public Health reported 3,071 cases of measles, including 16 deaths, from September 2016 to mid-February 2017.
The previous year, in 2015, Romania reported only seven measles cases. The outbreak is blamed in part on parents failing or refusing to vaccinate their children…….
The highest number of cases was reported in southwest Romania, in the Caras-Severin, Arad, and Timis counties, on the border with Serbia and Hungary, where more than 1,900 cases were reported.
Most cases have been registered in poor rural communities. Romania has lowered the age for the first vaccine dose from the usual 12 months to nine months and has recommended that all children up to nine years of age are vaccinated to curb the outbreak.
Hungary Fears Measles Epidemic Coming From Romania After a hospital in Hungary was quarantined on Thursday and a number of measles case were reported, doctors fear an epidemic might have spread from over the border in Romania.
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