Germany: measles cases increasing

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End of the measles wave not in sight in Germany
29.03.2015

Berlin has been suffering from a severe measles wave for months, with no end in sight. Now measles infections have skyrocketed in Thuringia too. The vaccine gaps in the population should be closed.

No end to the measles wave in sight There is still no end to the measles wave in Berlin in sight. A total of 925 cases have been reported to the State Office for Health and Social Affairs (LaGeSo) until Friday since the outbreak began in autumn. As the news agency dpa reports, LaGeSo spokeswoman Silvia Kostner said: "For the first time in a long time, however, we only had nine new cases from one day to the next." early to speak of a decay of the wave.

Measles outbreak at a school Now it has become known that things look bad in Thuringia too. There, the number of measles infections has recently skyrocketed. The Ministry of Health in Erfurt announced that 52 measles cases had become known in the Free State by Friday. The reason for the sharp rise is the measles outbreak at an Erfurt school. According to the information, 36 students between the ages of seven and 15 have become ill there since the end of February. In the past week, Saxony had also reported an increasing number of measles.

Parents can get a vaccination at the pediatrician. The measles wave in the capital has been going on for months. That's why parents can now get measles vaccinations at a pediatrician. It was also announced that gynecologists could also vaccinate accompanying men. It is said that vaccination gaps in the population should be closed in such a straightforward manner. In February a toddler died in Berlin as a result of the infection. Around a quarter of the patients in the capital had to be treated in a hospital.

Illness can have life-threatening consequences Some people still dismiss measles as a harmless childhood disease. However, an infection can also lead to complications in adults, such as otitis media or pneumonia, and can also have life-threatening consequences, such as meningitis. Health experts say the risk of complications is high, especially in infants and young children in the first year of life and in adults over 20 years of age. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a stable vaccination rate of 95 percent of the population would be required to eliminate the infectious disease. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany is still a long way from this goal. (ad)

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