Measles: authorities request vaccination after a sharp increase in cases in Île-de-France

In October, 56 cases of measles were reported in the Paris region, compared to one case per week in the first six months of 2018.

The Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Ile-de-France reported 56 cases of measles in October, Franceinfo learned on Thursday 8 November. In the first six months of 2018 there was only one per week. This sharp increase echoes a rebirth of measles in France and Europe. The ARS does not provide explanations for the time being on the reasons for this increase.

In Île-de-France, the cases are mainly found in Seine-Saint-Denis. Although no deaths or severe forms of measles have been reported, eleven people have been hospitalized since September. These are mainly four-year-olds who were not up to date with their vaccination.

Aurélien Rousseau, director general of the Regional Health Agency, recalled Thursday, November 8th at France Bleu Paris, that it is important to vaccinate children against measles: "It's a disease, which is reminiscent of childhood behind its name, it's extremely contagious, since each person can contaminate 15 to 20 people, which is why we're mobilizing with the department of Seine-Saint-Denis."

Today, not to vaccinate, it is a risk to its children, but also to take a risk for all those around themAurélien Rousseauin France Bleu Paris

Adults are also particularly concerned with the most fragile, recalls Aurélien Rousseau. This disease can quickly have serious complications. This disease is not "something that happens with childhood is a worrying disease, very contagious and so we have to act".

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