The Countries With The Most Reported Measles Cases
One of the worst countries affected is Madagascar where at least 800 people died from the disease since September. According to WHO data, it is the country with the highest number of measles cases worldwide with 46,187 confirmed between January and April. During the same period last year, the country only had 27 confirmed cases in total. Ukraine has the second highest number cases, 25,319, while India has the third-highest with 7,246. The geographical variation of the countries stuggling to contain the disease starkly illustrates its new global prevelance.
Worryingly, spikes in case numbers have occurred in countries with high levels of vaccination coverage such as the United States, Israel, Thailand and Tunisia. Just last week, New York mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn after a measles outbreak in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. The latest WHO data is heightening concerns about the spread of anti-vaccination misinformation, particularly over social media.
This chart shows countries by number of confirmed measles cases from January to April.