MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

Seven hundred measles cases reported in Quebec this year

More than 700 cases of measles have been reported in Quebec this year, with the majority of people being infected between April and July, though new infections are still being reported.
The wide-scale measles outbreak is the province's first since 2007. Most of the infected people live in the Mauricie region of the province. The most recent cases have been reported in the Eastern townships, Montreal CTV reports.
Twelve percent of the infections have been severe enough to require hospitalization for treatments. Public health officials suspect that the disease was brought into the province from European visitors.
Vaccination rates against measles have dropped since 1998, when a medical researcher faked research to falsely claim there was a link between a measles vaccine and autism. That research has since been discredited, the journal publishing the study has apologized and the doctor involved has been stripped of his medical license.
In July, Mexico set up inspection and vaccination stations at airports after a visitor from France arrived sick with the disease, Montreal CTV reports. It was the first case of measles reported in Mexico in four years.
By that point in the year, the World Health Organization had documented over 12,000 cases of measles in 2011, most of them occurring in Europe. In severe cases, measles can cause encephalitis, blindness, pneumonia and death.