Measles cases are increasing from eastern to western Austria; According to ORF, almost 60 cases of the highly contagious virus have already been confirmed in six federal states. Austria is on track to once again become a leader in Europe, the Ö1-Morgenjournal newspaper reported on Monday: Last year, Romania had the same number of measles cases as this country.

At the beginning of February there were already 55 cases of measles.

According to AGES (Agency for Health and Food Security), 186 cases were reported in 2023. This year, as of February 9, there are already 55 confirmed cases in the Epidemiological Reporting System (ERS). Further increases are expected, according to AGES.

With a high enough level of vaccination, the measles virus could be eradicated. But for this to happen, 95 percent of the population must be immune. According to Ö1-Morgenjournal, only 80–90 percent of young children are currently affected, and of children under ten years of age, about 30,000 do not have sufficient vaccine protection.

Complications such as bronchitis, middle ear infections and pneumonia occur in 20 out of 100 cases, warns AGES. About one in 1,000 patients develops life-threatening encephalitis. 98 out of 100 people who are exposed to the virus and are not immune become infected.

Vaccinations are often carried out too late – with consequences

Measles vaccination is a combination measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. From 9 months of age, two vaccinations are recommended. “Currently, many children in Austria are vaccinated too late,” says AGES, and more and more children are not vaccinated at all. “Vaccination is safe vaccination, and if you look at the numbers, everything speaks in favor of vaccination, because the risk of infection with a wild virus is very high here,” said virologist Lukas Weseslindtner, head of the national reference laboratory for measles, mumps and mumps virus. mumps. rubella from MedUni Vienna, in an interview with ORF.

Veselindtner spoke in the morning magazine about a very dangerous virus that “damages us from head to toe” – from the brain to the respiratory system and the immune system. Therefore, “every case is one too many.”

Additionally, current analyzes show “that these viruses that we are detecting are already genetically distinct. This means that this is not one event, not a wedding or a football match, but rather there are multiple sources of fire from different viruses, and there is a This virus is very, very contagious, and now it could spread quickly if enough people don’t have immunity.”

As for the chances of containing the spread, the expert said: “Public health officials now have to question sick people very quickly about what people have come into contact with those sick people, and if they don’t have immunity, you only have one very short window of time to vaccinate those people.” ” (APA/lag)

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