UNICEF warns of global spike of measles; includes Brazil and Venezuela

Measles is more contagious than tuberculosis or Ebola, yet it is eminently preventable with a vaccine that costs pennies

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UNICEF warns of global spike of measles; includes Brazil and Venezuela

Ninety-eight countries reported more cases of measles in 2018 compared with 2017, and the world body warned that conflict, complacency and the growing anti-vaccine movement threatened to undo decades of work to tame the disease.

“This is a wakeup call. We have a safe, effective and inexpensive vaccine against a highly contagious disease – a vaccine that saved almost a million lives every year over the last two decades,” said Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF.

“These cases haven’t happened overnight. Just as the serious outbreaks we are seeing today took hold in 2018, lack of action today will have disastrous consequences for children tomorrow.”

Measles is more contagious than tuberculosis or Ebola, yet it is eminently preventable with a vaccine that costs pennies.

But the World Health Organization last year said cases worldwide had soared nearly 50 per cent in 2018, killing around 136,000 people.

Ukraine, the Philippines and Brazil saw the largest year-on-year increases. In Ukraine alone there were 35,120 cases – nearly 30,000 more than in 2017.

Brazil saw 10,262 cases in 2018 after having none at all the year before, while the Philippines reported 15,599 cases last year compared to 2,407 in 2017.

Taken together, the ten nations accounting for 75% of the increase from 2017 to 2018 account for only a tenth of the global population.

The countries with the highest rate of measles last year were Ukraine (822 cases per million people), Serbia (618), Albania (481), Liberia (412), Georgia (398), Yemen 328), Montenegro (323) and Greece (227).

While most of the countries that experienced large spikes in cases are beset by unrest or conflict, France saw its caseload jump by 2,269. In the United States, there was a 559 per cent year-on-year increase in cases from 120 to 791.

The resurgence of the disease in some countries has been linked to medically baseless claims linking the measles vaccine to autism, which have been spread in part on social media by members of the so-called “anti-vax” movement.

The WHO last month listed “vaccine hesitancy” among the top 10 most pressing global health threats for 2019.

“Almost all of these cases are preventable and yet children are getting infected even in places where there is simply no excuse,” Fore said.

“Measles may be the disease, but all too often the real infection is misinformation, mistrust and complacency.”

Yemen figured on UNICEF’s “top 10” list of countries showing the largest increases last year in measles cases with a 316% hike, from 2,101 cases in 2017 to 8,742 cases in 2018.

Other countries with huge jumps last year compared to 2017 are Venezuela (4,916 more cases, up 676%), Serbia (4,355 more cases, up 620%), Madagascar (4,307 more cases, up 5,127%), Sudan (3,496 more cases, up 526%) and Thailand (2,758 more cases, up 136%).

A few countries saw declines in the number of confirmed cases of measles.

In Romania, reported cases dropped 89% from 8,673 to 943, and in Indonesia the number declined by 65% from 11,389 to 3,995. Nigeria, Pakistan, Italy and China also saw drops of 35 to 55%.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. http://memoryholeblog.org/2019/03/02/measles-before-media-manufactured-epidemics/#comments
    Quote:
    SaltySailor
    MARCH 5, 2019 AT 12:11 PM
    “Well said Alberta. And you’re quite correct with your observation that the USA could care less about the health of its citizens thru communicable diseases. Its all about profits and revenue for the the pharmaceutical companies.
    My short story is that I`m a naturalized American whom obtained his citizenship thru military service in the medical field and got my nursing license out of it. Vaccinations (inoculation )made most of my fellow sailors and marines very ill and created auto immune diseases in most of them. When I spoke out about it and documented it I was ostracized and threaten with a court martial. In long order I`m not a nurse anymore and don’t miss a day of it. When you’re a lowly nurse and apart of the industrial war complex who is going to take you seriously ? Remember the story of the 8 year old boy that died in ICE detention ? Take a read of what his diagnosis was and the prescription he received . (I don’t think they wanted him to recover to better health)
    I have a one year old and I`m teaching her honorable values, I hope and pray she holds on to it.
    https://www.npr.org/2018/12/25/680066848/8-year-old-migrant-boy-dies-in-government-custody-in-new-mexico-hospital”

    The individual above posting under the pen name of Salty Sailor has made a number of intelligent comments on a variety of subjects at the above website of James Tracy, Ph.D. This is the first one where I learned he was a nurse in the U.S. Navy. I post it here for what it is worth.

  2. Since 9/11/01 has not the U.S. been turned into a virtual Gestapo State? Do we want this to extend to the doctor-patient relationship too with doctors and nurses screaming at patients or their parents instead of intelligently addressing questions? If this is what your doctor or nurse does perhaps you need to find new ones:
    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/26/back-to-school-vaccines.aspx Quote:
    “If you or a family member has suffered a serious vaccine reaction, injury, or death, please talk about it. If we don’t share information and experiences with one another, everybody feels alone and afraid to speak up. Write a letter to the editor if you have a different perspective on a vaccine story that appears in your local newspaper. Make a call in to a radio talk show that is only presenting one side of the vaccine story.
    I must be frank with you; you have to be brave because you might be strongly criticized for daring to talk about the “other side” of the vaccine story. Be prepared for it and have the courage to not back down. Only by sharing our perspective and what we know to be true about vaccination, will the public conversation about vaccination open up so people are not afraid to talk about it.
    We cannot allow the drug companies and medical trade associations funded by drug companies or public health officials promoting forced use of a growing list of vaccines to dominate the conversation about vaccination.
    The vaccine injured cannot be swept under the carpet and treated like nothing more than “statistically acceptable collateral damage” of national one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination policies that put way too many people at risk for injury and death. We shouldn’t be treating people like guinea pigs instead of human beings.”

  3. And to add insult to injury Israel, along with traitors Bush, Cheney and the four star generals pulled off the con of 9/11/01 and even stacked the so called “investigating committee” with crooks from Israel so Muslim patsies could be blamed. Our country has been hi jacked by international criminals in Israel. Both political parties are totally corrupt and must be abolished totally. Americans are the biggest ignorant fools on planet earth and will pay the ultimate price of losing their form of government. https://ehpg.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/israel_did_911.pdf

  4. Is the UN doing anything about the corrupt illegal activities of the US in Syria? How about Israel stealing land from Palestinians and gang raping them daily? The UN is a total dismal failure just like its predecessor the League of Nations. The liars in the U.S. and Israel should be booted out. But we know why the US is not booted out: MONEY.

  5. Brazil and Venezuela huh? Interesting Venezuela is pointed out. Targeted biowarfare? Or because of the years of US sanctions they haven’t had vaccines. Maybe they need to develop their own vaccines instead of relying on western made vaccines?

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