Measles cases triple globally

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said that measles cases nearly tripled globally during the first seven months of 2019, compared with the same period last year.

So far this year 364,808 measles cases were reported, compared to 129,239 during the first seven months of 2018, according to the world health body.

The figures are the highest registered since 2006 amid concern over slipping vaccination rates.

The highest numbers of cases were reported in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar and Ukraine, the WHO said.

The WHO said nearly 90,000 cases were registered this year in the European region, which is higher than the 84,462 cases registered last year.

Major outbreaks are ongoing in Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan and Thailand while the United States has reported its highest measles case count in 25 years.



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