There has been a measles outbreak in the Philippines. 136 people died

Measles is transmitted by airborne droplets - a person can become infected with it through contact with a sick person who

lasts only a few seconds. It only takes two vaccinations to prevent contracting this potentially fatal disease.

However, it is only possible to completely defeat measles.if 95% of the world's population is vaccinated. In the past ten years, this figure did not exceed 85% due to the lack of funds for vaccines and the inaccessibility of medical care for residents of some countries.

However, problems exist not only in countriesOf Africa. According to WHO, in 2017, outbreaks of measles occurred in five of the six regions. Including in North and South America, Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Only in the capital of the Philippines, Manila, in January the numbermeasles cases increased by 1,000%. After the country's Ministry of Health announced an outbreak of measles and high mortality, the number of vaccinated children increased from 130 to 450 thousand in just a week.

The number of measles cases is growing in Russia and the CIS.According to the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, in 2018 the number of cases increased three times compared to 2017 - up to 2,538 cases of measles. Statistics for 2019 have not yet been published, but in February some faculties of the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow were quarantined due to a high risk of measles. 


There is an outbreak of measles in Ukraine: over the past week, more than 3 thousand people fell ill, most of them children. In 2018, 21,355 people fell ill in the country, 18 of them died.