Measles on the Move in Romania

Much of Europe has the capacity to vaccinate measles away. So why is Romania experiencing the EU’s worst outbreak of the virus? On top of patchy supplies and difficulty accessing communities like the Roma, an anti-vax movement has contributed to a drop in immunization rates.
In 2015, when medical epidemiologist Adriana Pistol raised the alarm about an imminent outbreak, there were just 4 reported measles cases in Romania. She noticed a drop in measles vaccination rates, and the virus requires 95% coverage to achieve herd immunity. Since a fresh outbreak began 2016, the country has clocked about half of the EU’s 33,000 measles infections. 59 have died.
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