Epidemic in Romania on March 08 2017 04:02 AM (UTC).
In a follow-up on the ongoing measles outbreak in Romania, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports from September 2016 to 17 February 2017 the Romanian National Institute of Public Health received reports of 3 071 cases of measles. Despite efforts to get the outbreak under control (lowered the age for administering the first vaccine dose from the usual 12 months to nine months and recommended that all children up to nine years of age are vaccinated) the outbreak continues. To date, 16 deaths have been reported, all of which occurred in persons who were immunocompromised or had other co-morbidities. Cases have been reported in 36 districts with the districts of Caras Severin (n=703), Arad (n=617) and Timis (n=566) having reported the highest number of cases. The Romania outbreak has tentacles and has affected other countries in the European Union, according to the ECDC.