Worldwide: Increase in measles cases in 2022

20 May 2022

The number of measles cases reported globally increased by 79% in the first 2 months of 2022, to 17'338 cases, compared to the same period in 2021. WHO and UNICEF warn that ideal conditions prevail for severe measles outbreaks (and outbreaks of other vaccine-preventable diseases). Pandemic-related disruptions, inequalities in access to immunisation and the redistribution of resources have severely affected routine childhood immunisation in many places.