Measles rocketed in NZ and doubled in Australia over the last year

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We've recently seen a surge in measles cases and devastating outbreaks in all regions of the world, according to the World Health Organization, which has released its stats summarising measles cases and deaths in 2018 and its figures for 2019 so far. Australia saw just 101 confirmed measles cases in 2018, around four cases for every 100,000 Aussies, while there were 36 confirmed cases in New Zealand, a rate of nearly eight per 100,000 New Zealanders. Preliminary data for 2019 are much more worrying, with 195 confirmed cases so far in Australia (nearly nine cases per 100,000 people) and a very serious outbreak in New Zealand, which has seen 1,666 confirmed cases (nearly 359 cases per 100,000 people) so far this year.

Organisation/s: World Health Organization (WHO)

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From: World Health Organization (WHO)

Measles estimates 

Release of the annual WHO/US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates of measles cases and deaths for 2018. These deaths occurred amid a global surge in measles cases and devastating outbreaks in all regions, which continues today. 


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