This country was made with measles. Then the boy has arrived



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A French family arrived in Costa Rica last Monday and ended the measles-free country status: no citizen of the Republic has contracted the disease since 2006, and the last time a stranger l & # 39; 39; introduced in the country was in 2014. Independent reports that a 5-year-old boy was taken to a doctor because of a rash; it turns out that measles was diagnosed in children at his school and that he was not vaccinated against this disease. the Star of Costa Rica reports that he has been tested positive for measles and that he is currently quarantined in a Puntarenas hospital. Officials are trying to determine who may have been in contact with the child during his flight and during the family's trip to San Jose and Santa Teresa; an infected person is usually contagious for about eight days.

The World Health Organization has rated "vaccine hesitancy" as one of the top 10 health threats this year, and its measles statistics are not encouraging: cases have increased by 30% between 2016 and 2016 and 2017; in the past year, there have been 110,000 measles deaths. The WHO is currently following an epidemic in Madagascar that would have caused about 900 deaths among the 68,000 cases that have occurred since September, reports the AP. It is estimated that the vaccination rate is about 60%. In the Philippines, 136 people died from a measles epidemic, reports the AP. United States today notes that the CDC says that the vaccine is 97% effective. (See the nine other major threats of the WHO.)

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