Measles declared “imminent threat in every region of the world.”

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) constating a record decline of measles vaccination rates and persistent large outbreaks meant declared that the respiratory virus is an “imminent threat in every region of the world.” To say more, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was “absolutely critical” that immunization programs were bought back on track to avoid what he said is a “preventable disease”. In fact, routine immunization programs were badly disrupted, and millions of kids missed out on lifesaving vaccinations.

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The CDC states that nine out of 10 people who are not vaccinated against the disease will become infected in the advent of exposure. The virus is transmitted through water droplets released in the sneezes and coughs of infected people. Common symptoms include fever, cold-symptoms, conjunctivitis and red and blotchy rashes that first appear around the face and hairline before spreading elsewhere around the body. The double-dose vaccination is 97% effective. 61 million measles vaccine doses were postponed or missed in 18 countries in 2021, a report revealed. Twenty-two countries experienced “large and disruptive outbreaks” , a trend that has continued into 2022.