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More than 20000 catch measles as parents shun vaccination

Europe observes a 400% increase in measles cases in 2017 compared to previous year

Meanwhile, WHO has also stated that there was not one known case of rubella in Ireland during 2017 but there was on in 2016. The countries worst affected were Romania, with 5,562 new cases, along with Italy and Ukraine, which experienced a combined total of 9,773 potentially fatal measles reports. Romania had the most, with 5,562, followed by Italy, with 5,006, and Ukraine, with 4,767.

HIGHLY contagious measles outbreaks reached more than 20,000 across Europe past year after parents shunned vaccinations, health experts have warned.

Measles is highly contagious disease that can be prevented by having the vaccination, offered by the NHS as a single measles, mumps and rubella jab.

As for the number of people who are not lucky enough to get measles in Europe, the figure is 21 315 people.

In its latest disease surveillance report for 2017, World Health Organization said declines in overall routine immunisation coverage and low coverage among some marginalised groups was the primary cause of the measles outbreak.

These figures comes after the World Health Organization declared measles "eliminated" from Europe in 2016 after 42 countries successfully disrupted disease transmission.

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The infection has brutally struck 15 out of the 53 countries in the region, comparing to how 2016 ended up with 5,273 cases. During the same period in 2017, there was just one reported case.

"Elimination of both measles and rubella is a priority goal that all European countries have firmly committed to, and a cornerstone for achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals", Jakab continued. In Ireland, the first dose is given at 12 months by Global Positioning System and the second dose is given to Junior Infants in school by HSE vaccination teams or by Global Positioning System in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.

For measles, about 90 to 95 percent of the population needs to vaccinated to virtually eliminate the disease.

'I would appeal to any parents who have not yet had their children vaccinated to get them protected as soon as possible through their GP'.

At least two of the children also had developmental delays before they were vaccinated, yet Wakefield's paper claimed they were all "previously normal".

In response to the burgeoning outbreak in Italy previous year, the country made vaccines mandatory for measles and a number of other diseases for school children.