WHO: Measles killed 140,000 people in 2018

December 7, 2019  15:56

Measles killed over 140,000 people in 2018, WHO reported.

Most victims of the disease are children under 5 years old.

According to WHO experts, young children have the highest risk of complications after measles infection: they are more likely to experience pneumonia and encephalitis, and they often develop disabilities after illness.

Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Madagascar and Somalia suffered most of all due to measles in 2018. These countries accounted for half of all cases of measles.

According to a statistical analysis conducted this year, in 2018, 9,769,400 people became ill with measles in the world, 142,300 of them died. In 2017, the number of cases of measles in the world amounted to 7,585,900, and deaths from the disease - 124,000.

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