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Number of measles diseases increased tenfold in the past year
The number of measles diseases rose sharply in Bavaria last year. There were around ten times as many cases in the Free State in 2013 as in the previous year. This is the highest level since 2002.
Number tenfold compared to the previous year
The number of measles diseases increased significantly in Bavaria in 2013. There were about ten times as many cases compared to the previous year. This is the highest level since 2002. As reported by the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) on Friday in Erlangen, a total of 786 people in the Free State suffered from the infectious disease. The number of cases fluctuates strongly from year to year. Measles has been one of the notifiable diseases since 2001.
Upper Bavaria especially affected Last year, Upper Bavaria was particularly hard hit. In this region alone, 703 cases were registered by the health authorities. "There are very few people vaccinated against measles there," said a LGL spokeswoman. In addition to the city of Munich, Landsberg am Lech was badly affected because measles broke out at a school there and quickly spread among the students.
Young people and young adults are becoming increasingly ill According to LGL President Andreas Zapf, young people and young adults are increasingly contracting measles. The proportion of non-vaccinated people in this age group is particularly large, larger than, for example, among children. According to the LGL, about 90 percent of preschool and sixth graders are now vaccinated against measles, but only 48 percent of 30 to 39 year olds. Therefore, this age group in particular is advised to be vaccinated.
One of the main causes of death in children According to the LGL, measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases. Even if, according to a current estimate by the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of measles deaths has dropped significantly worldwide, the disease remains a major threat. Although there has been an effective vaccine for 40 years, measles is still one of the main causes of death in children worldwide.
Quadruple vaccine In addition to the typical red spots on the skin, fever, conjunctivitis as well as runny nose and cough usually occur at the onset of the disease. The human immune system is weakened for around six weeks, and measles disease can also lead to pneumonia, otitis media and diarrhea, sometimes to brain inflammation. In Germany you can now get a quadruple vaccine against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox. (ad)
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