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Preparedness, surveillance and response

Measles 'tragedy' kills 35 across Europe

Thirty-five people have died in the past year from measles outbreaks across Europe, the World Health Organization has warned. A six-year-old boy in Italy was the latest to die from the infection. More than 3,300 measles cases have been recorded in the country. The most fatalities - 31 - have been in Romania. But there have also been deaths in Germany and Portugal since June 2016

July 11, 2017
BBC
July 12, 2017
CNN
July 11, 2017
CBS, The Independent

Health systems

Italy set for compulsory measles vaccinations

Italian lawmakers are expected to give their final nod to a mass compulsory vaccination program for children under the age of 17. It`s part of a government response to a measles outbreak that has claimed three lives since the start of the year. The new law makes it compulsory to vaccinate minors against 10 diseases, including measles, rubella, whooping cough, Hib, mumps and chickenpox

July 28, 2017
skynews.com.au

Communicable diseases

Italy passes law obliging parents to vaccinate children

Italy’s government declared a new law making a series of childhood vaccinations a condition of school inscription in a move triggered by a spike in measles. Vaccinations covering 12 common diseases will be required to register children for state childcare and elementary school up to the age of six. At that point when school attendance becomes compulsory in Italy parents will be liable for fines if their children are not vaccinated

May 19, 2017
Reuters
May 20, 2017
Borneo Post, Radio New Zealand, BBC, MPR News

Italy measles cases up amid anti-vax mood

Italy recorded 1,920 cases of the deadly measles virus in the first four months of the year, a 523% increase from the same period a year earlier. The news came as the Five Star Movement defended itself from accusations of actively campaigning on an anti-vaccination platform. Some 88% of the people who contracted measles were unvaccinated, and 73% were aged 15 or above, the ministry of health said. Leading M5S officials have publicised fraudulent studies suggesting that vaccines can be harmful and may cause autism and have campaigned against compulsory vaccination

May 4, 2017
Sky News

Vaccination gaps lead to dangerous measles outbreaks in Europe: ECDC

Gaps in vaccination coverage against measles have led to several outbreaks of the contagious disease in Europe, during the past year, with more than 1,500 measles cases reported from 14 European countries due to an ‘accumulation of unvaccinated individuals’ according to officials from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). In 10 countries, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden – the number of cases reported in Jan-Feb 2017 was more than double that of a year earlier 

April 24, 2017
Reuters, Reuters

Amid vaccine debate, Italy faces return of eradicable diseases

Italy has become a battleground for vaccines, with tensions increasing in March following a measles outbreak. The country has seen more than 1,000 cases in the first three months of the year, a 450% increase year-on-year. Although vaccination for polio, diphtheria, tetanus and hepatitis B is compulsory to attend school, a member of parliament for the ruling Democratic Party is introducing a bill in May to make vaccinations compulsory for more diseases. The populist Five Star Movement opposes the plans arguing parents should have the freedom to choose and they’d revoke any laws. Experts say the measles crisis is growing because of vaccine hesitancy and false claims from discredited studies about the risks

April 19, 2017
Financial Times