Alarm as measles cases skyrocket
5 May 2011, 10:33
Published: 05 May 2011 11:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 May 2011 10:33 GMT+02:00
According to reports, a total of 362 cases were registered across 19 Swiss Cantons since last December – an alarmingly high number compared to the 59 overall detected in 2010.
The Corriere del Ticino newspaper said 111 cases occurred in March, while 120 in April. The majority of measles cases were reported in Geneva (152), Vaud (78) and Basel (59).
Some cases were also registered in Zurich and Canton Thurgau.
The paper said the disease is believed to be spreading from neighbouring France, which is also facing an increase in the number of cases. About 43 percent of all sick people registered since December are older than 20 and 85 percent had not been vaccinated. About 8 percent of patients had to be hospitalized, the paper said.
Measles is currently a concern across Europe, according to the World Heath Organization, with hotbeds reported in Belgium, Serbia, Spain and Turkey, the paper said.