WHO and CDC say measles is now ‘imminent’ global threat due to pandemic World News

The World Health Organization and the US public health agency have said there is now a “looming threat” of measles outbreaks in every region of the world.

In a joint report, health organizations said measles vaccinations have declined and the disease has been less well controlled during the COVID pandemic.

Measles is one of the most contagious human viruses, but it is almost completely preventable through vaccination, although 95% of cases are covered by vaccination to prevent outbreaks.

According to a report by the WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a record 40 million children died last year due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic.

This left millions of children vulnerable to the disease.

“We are at a crossroads,” said WHO measles chief Patrick O’Connor.

“It’s going to be a very difficult 12 to 24 months trying to mitigate this.”

According to him, the cases have not increased significantly compared to previous years, now is the time to act.

Long-standing social distancing measures and the cyclical nature of measles may explain why there hasn’t been a spike in cases, Mr O’Connor said.

But this can change quickly because it is a highly contagious disease.

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There were nearly nine million measles infections and 128,000 deaths worldwide last year, officials said.

In February, health officials in England warned that vaccination rates were falling fell to the lowest level in a decade.

Measles is usually spread through direct contact and through the air during coughing and sneezing.

Unvaccinated young children are at the highest risk of measles and its complications.

It can cause pneumonia, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and damage the immune system, making children more susceptible to other infections.

Measles causes symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, and a skin rash on the face and neck, and can sometimes be fatal.

More than 95% of deaths occur in developing countries, mainly in Africa and Asia.

There is no specific treatment for measles, but the two-dose vaccine is about 97% effective in preventing severe illness and death.