Friday, February 22, 2008

Measles outbreak is switzerland

Currently Switzerland is experiencing the largest measles outbreak since the introduction of mandatory "notification of the disease" in 1999. 1,405 cases were reported between November 2006-February 2008. To give this number some perspective, the article reporting stated that for children under the age of 16 in the canton of Lucerne, this means 500 cases per 100,000 people. Not surprisingly, the outbreak is among school-aged children , particularly in the canton of Lucerne. The article states that the origin of the outbreak is unknown, specifically; however, it is the measles virus genotype D5 that has been frequently detected, as well as B3 and A. 

Specifically, the article points a concern for the European Football Championshio (EURO 2008), and notes that Switzerland experienced the highest rate of measles among European Countries in 2007. Check out the article if you want to know more...


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