Increasing number of infections: After reports of measles cases in North Rhine-Westphalia: This is the situation in Germany

Measles is a serious infectious disease, highly contagious and potentially fatal.

Increasing number of infections: After reports of measles cases in North Rhine-Westphalia: This is the situation in Germany

Measles is a serious infectious disease, highly contagious and potentially fatal. That's why the World Health Organization (WHO) has long been trying to eradicate the measles virus. A fight that keeps getting set back: As the WHO Regional Office for Europe recently announced, an increase in measles cases was recorded again last year in the region that extends to Central Asia. Specifically, between January and October 2023, over 30,000 cases of measles were reported by 40 of the 53 Member States - compared to 941 cases in all of 2022.

In Germany, too, reports of local outbreaks repeatedly cause uncertainty - as is currently the case in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

What are the reasons for the increase observed across Europe? What role do vaccine skeptics play in this? And what is known about the situation in Germany? Answers to the most important questions.

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