WHO Europe said it had identified more than 12,000 measles cases between January and May in 38 countries in Europe. France is in first place with 7324 cases, well ahead of Spain, which in 1146 counted over this period. Belgium and Switzerland are also most affected among the countries.
WHO emphasizes that the situation could get worse, especially during the summer season for public gatherings and thus the spread of the virus. The agency advises Europeans to see any “emergency” that they are immunized against measles “regardless of their travel plans.”