Measles: Children under 1 should not be taken to Greece, Romania or Serbia – Bulgarian professor

Children younger than a year should not be taken to Greece, Romania or Serbia, given the increased incidence of measles, according to Bulgaria’s national consultant on microbiology Professor Todor Kantardzhiev.

Speaking in a television interview on August 30, Kantardzhiev noted that in the past six months, the number of measles cases was double that of the same time last year.

“This is not happening because of the anti-vaccination campaigns because there are not many anti-vaccination movements in Western Europe and they are not that vocal, just as in Bulgaria.The problem is in the incomplete vaccination coverage – quite large groups of Europe’s population economically migrate and the children remain unvaccinated,” he said.

More than 41 000 children and adults in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) European Region have been infected with measles in the first six months of 2018, WHO said on August 21.

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