In this last year, 30,917 new cases of measles have been detected in Europe, and it is estimated that between February and June 2012 there will be an increase in the number of people affected if preventive measures are not taken, according to the study data. Monthly Measles Monitoring in Europe '(EMMO), from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), recently published.
During 2011 the highest incidence of measles was registered in babies under one year, accounting for about 38 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and in children aged between 1 and 4 years, among which there were 21 cases per 100,000 population.
During 2011 the highest incidence of measles was recorded in babies under one year of age, accounting for about 38 cases per 100,000 inhabitants
Most of the patients who were asked if they had been vaccinated responded negatively or admitted that they had only received one dose of the vaccine.
Among the European countries that have presented the highest number of cases of measles, France, Romania, Italy and Spain stand out. Specifically in our country, 1,876 patients were detected between January and October of this year. In addition, in other less populated countries, such as Norway, Belgium, Denmark or Slovenia, measles cases have significantly increased compared to 2010 data.
According to the data handled by the ECDC, although the number of patients with measles has been similar in the same months of 2010 and 2011, it is considered that in the last two years the epidemic has rebounded compared to what happened in 2009 -with 7,175 people affected for the disease- and 2008 (7,817 registered cases).