Number of measles cases in Italy in 2019, by region

In 2018 in Italy, 1,627 individuals experienced the onset of measles symptoms. In the Italian region of LAzio 517 cases arose, of which 86 percent were confirmed by clinical tests. The region of Lazio recorded the greatest incidence nationwide. Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna followed.

Vaccine Law

Measles is an infectious viral disease that usually occurs among children. The most common symptoms associated with the disease are fever, cough and rash. More severe complications that may derive from measles are pneumonia, encephalitis and even death. Nowadays, it is possible to prevent measles due to the availability of a vaccine. In Italy measles vaccination became mandatory with the adoption of Decree Law No. 73 of 2017. The Italian Parliament enacted this law mainly to put an end to the decreasing trend in vaccinations against some infectious diseases, including measles. Consequently, the measles vaccination coverage increased by approximately seven percent between 2016 and 2018.

Measles outbreak

The topic of measles vaccination became increasingly debated in Italy in the past few years. In 2017, Italy was the country in Europe with the greatest number of cases registered, and in 2018 it was seventh in the World Health Organization’s ranking of the European countries with the highest incidence of measles cases. Nonetheless, there is still a portion of population not recognizing the importance of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine among children .

Number of measles cases in Italy in 2019, by region

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February 2020



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