It’s no surprise there’s a global measles outbreak. But the numbers are ‘staggering’

February 8, 2024

Measles is on the rise around the world, and even experts who saw it coming say the increase is “staggering.”

The World Health Organization said in December that its European region (which extends into parts of western and central Asia) saw an “alarming” increase in measles cases – from under a thousand in 2022 to more than 30,000 last year.

John Vertefeuille, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Global Immunization Division, said in a statement that the numbers are “staggering.”

Read more at NPR.

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