"Measles" invade Europe - the statement

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that last year Europe registered a record number of cases of measles, partly because of the increasing number of foci where parents refuse to vaccinate their children.

The European region of the World Health Organization, which numbers about 900 million people, reported that 82,600 people were infected in 47 countries last year, the highest figure in the decade, and 72 died.

"At the same time, record numbers of children are being vaccinated, raising the hope that the high incidence of infection will not continue," the WHO said in a statement released on Thursday. "Progress is unevenly distributed across countries and within the country, creating more and more vulnerable people without protection, resulting in a record number of people living with HIV in 2018."

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause hearing loss and brain disorders in children and can lead to death in severe cases. Immunization campaigns should infect around 95 percent of the population to prevent the spread of the virus, according to euronews.

In many countries vaccination campaigns try to discourage parents from immunizing their children, despite strong scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective.

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