Essen - A 37 year old woman died of measles in Essen. Last weekend, despite intensive medical treatment in the university clinic, she "died pretty quickly," said the head of the health department in Essen, Rainer Kundt, today. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), it is the first measles death in Germany this year. An existing vaccination was apparently not sufficient.
According to the most recent nationwide, 381 people in North Rhine-Westphalia had fallen ill by mid-May 2017. For comparison: In the whole of 2016, the local health authorities registered only 28 cases.
The measles outbreak in North Rhine-Westphalia is also reflected in the nationwide figures: in the first few months of this year it registered more measles cases than in the entire year 2016. RKI spokeswoman Susanne Glasmacher said that the number of measles cases in Germany fluctuates greatly from year to year. In 2016, 323 cases were registered nationwide. In 2015 there were 2,464.
Kundt appealed to the population to check the vaccination status. "Measles is not harmless children's disease, but can lead to meningitis in children and pneumonia in adults."