Geneva - Despite great successes in the fight against measles, according to information from international organizations, around 400 children worldwide die from the infectious disease every day. Seamless vaccination campaigns could prevent this, according to the new measles management report. It was published today by the World Health Organization (), the UN Children's Fund () as well as the US health authorities and the vaccination alliance.
Most deaths continue to occur in poor countries in Africa and Asia. But 2015 was also recorded in Germany because the vaccination rate was too low. According to the report, the number of measles deaths worldwide was reduced by 79 percent between 2000 and 2015. Thanks to vaccination campaigns, more than 20 million lives were saved during this period.
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About 20 million children did not receive vaccination in 2015 alone, 134,000 died of measles. Three quarters of all deaths occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Pakistan, where total of ten million children were not vaccinated.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, they fell ill in Germany in 2015 () almost 2,500 people with measles. In 2014, child died of it in Berlin.