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Global surge of measles cause for concern: UNICEF

KATHMANDU: The growing cases of measles among the children across the world have emerged as a cause for concern, according to UNICEF. As many as 170 million children did not receive the first doze of measles vaccination from 2010 to 2017.
A press statement released by UNICEF here Friday stated that cases of measles were spiking alarmingly and surfacing as an epidemic in various countries due to the growing number of children and wide gap in vaccination coverage.
Ten countries have been accounted for approximately three-quarters of the total increase in measles in 2018, including significant outbreaks in Brazil, Madagascar, the Philippines, Ukraine and Yemen, the press statement reads.
As many as 247 children in Nepal were reported to have contracted this highly infectious illness in 2018 caused by the rubella virus and 99 children in 2017. “The basis for the measles that had formed few years ago that now has widespread in some countries lately,” reads the statement, quoting UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H Fore as saying.
She has also urged the parents of all countries to get their children vaccination against measles.
More than 110,000 cases of measles were reported in the first three months of 2019, three times higher than that of in the corresponding year while 110,000 children died of measles worldwide in 2017, the press statement added.

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