77 cases of measles in Bordeaux… An epidemic of bounds !

Health 13 January, 2018


Published the 13.01.2018 at 11: 52


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The example of Bordeaux proves, alas, that we are not disentangled from measles. Yet, in Europe, a plan for measles elimination has been implemented between 2005 and 2010. We are talking about elimination when no outbreak – however small – does not take place for a year or more. It was a plan rather ambitious, but realistic, because we have an effective vaccination. More than ten years later, the results are spectacular in the countries to the north of the France, as for example in the netherlands, where the disease has disappeared. These are the countries which traditionally show a lot more of “good citizenship” of health that we. Another example that the vaccination, that of learning of the emergency actions that only less than 20% of the French know that we reached more than 80% in Sweden or Norway.


In France, this disease had virtually disappeared and the case be counted on the fingers of the hand. But a peak in 2005 has changed the situation. Since January 1, 2008, more than 23 000 cases of measles were reported in France, of which nearly 15000 cases reported in 2011. The fight is not won by far

Measles no longer a disease of the small child. One-third of the reported cases is over the age of 15 years, and are potentially more dangerous

The Regional agency of Health of Bordeaux said that 77 cases have been identified since November 2017, and that there had been 12 hospitalizations…

However, the measles, the more often fortunately is not serious, but since 2008, more than 1000 cases presented with complications, and 10 have died. That is why, it once again became a reportable disease.. For nearly 15 years, the monitoring has helped reduce the number of cases and reduce the peak of the epidemic in the spring. Remains to ensure that the attention does not slip.

The vaccine is effective, but this story demonstrates that vaccination, of course, it is to protect themselves but also protect others. You have the means to eliminate these diseases. In its press release, the ARS puts it, “inadequate immunization coverage”, including New-Aquitaine and, more particularly, in the Gironde.

The “good citizenship” health first line of defense against epidemics.