Measles outbreaks feared in Ukraine in 2017

Last year, cases of measles were reported in 8 oblasts of the country: Kirovohrad Oblast, Cherkasy Oblast, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Zakarpattia Oblast, Chernivtsi Oblast, Lviv Oblast, Odessa Oblast, and Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. Measles vaccination coverage is as low as 45%, compared to the 95% recommended by the World Health Organization. Authorities are concerned there will be outbreaks in 2017.

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