Health Editor’s Note: According to Ian Greenhaugh, loss of status in the UK has been due to two factors -” recent immigrants refusing to have their
children vaccinated (mostly Moslems) and other parents reading anti-vax
crap on the internet so not getting their children vaccinated.” I agree…..Carol
The UK has lost its World Health Organization ‘measles-free’ status
by New Scientist Staff and Press Association
Three years after the measles virus was eliminated from the UK, the country has lost its “measles-free” status with the World Health Organization, following 231 confirmed cases of the infection in the first quarter of 2019.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for health leaders to renew their efforts to ensure 95 per cent of the population have had two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Current data suggests only 87.2 per cent of children receive the second dose of the vaccine, down from a high of 88.6 per cent during the 2014 to 2015 period.
“Measles is one of the most infectious diseases known to man – only one person travelling back to an area with lower vaccination rates can lead to an outbreak,” says Mary Ramsay, of the government agency Public Health England. “Anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine is always at risk.”