Measles outbreaks reported globally

According to the World Health Organization, several large measles outbreaks have continued to spread in the past six months in Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Forty European countries have recorded 26,025 cases in total since the beginning of 2011, with France being the most affected with 14,025 cases. The French government has responded by modifying its vaccination schedule in addition to offering vaccines in schools free of charge. Other countries have also increased access and availability of the vaccines.
Only 11 of the European cases were fatal, six in France and one each in Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, the United Kingdom and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
There have been more than 103,000 measles cases reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo alone. The WHO estimates that there have been 1,100 measles-related deaths in that country this year. There have also been 17,428 measles cases in Nigeria, 5,397 in Zambia and 2,902 in Ethiopia.
In the Americas, Canada has been the most affected country in the Americas with 742 measles cases, none of which were fatal.

Other countries facing outbreaks include Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and the United States, with most cases linked to importations from Africa and Europe.
Measles is a highly infections disease that can cause complications and deaths even in previously health individuals. It remains one of the world's biggest cases of death among young children, despite the fact that it is fully preventable by vaccine.