The United Kingdom no longer a ‘measles-free’ nation, confirmed by WHO

It has been confirmed by the World Health Organization that after three years of achieving measles-free status by the eradication of the virus, the United Kingdom has now lost the status.

In the use of the MMR vaccine, there has been a solid decline over the last ten years in the European country, which has ultimately resulted in the upsurge in the number of measles cases. MMR stands for Measles, Mumps, and rubella.

It has been reported by the officials that across the 4 nations of the United Kingdom there moreover 230 cases of measles in the first three months of 2019.

Four years back, it was decided by the World Health Organization to declare the United Kingdom as a nation free from measles. However, the term ‘measles-free’ refers to having no epidemics for a specific duration rather than complete eradication of the virus.

It was stated by the World Health Organization that the case is no longer suitable for the United Kingdom. It has been reported by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund that over 170 million children went without vaccination across the world from 2010 till 2017. Out of which, over 527,000 were from the United Kingdom alone.

It was found by the officials that 13 percent of children in the United Kingdom are deprived of their second MMR shot, which is above the required rate for developing herd immunity in the public.

At the same time, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ‘Boris Johnson’ has been the platforms of social media to come up with better and more and more campaigns to stop the spreading of false information by anti-vaxxers.

It was said by Johnson that after a period of evolution where we were able to be declared by the WHO as measles-free, we have now witnessed masses of cases in the United Kingdom this year. He added that he is determined to increase efforts for tackling its spread.