The WHO have warned that European countries need to act now to tackle measles outbreaks. In Europe, between January and October this year, 26,000 cases of measles were reported with 83% occurring in Western Europe. Furthermore, 90% of cases were in children and adults who were either unvaccinated or unaware of their vaccine status. Nine people have died so far during this outbreak and a further 7,288 people have been hospitalized. France, which has had 18,000 of the cases, has launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the need for the MMR vaccine.
Our media policy
This is the era of applied microbiology with stories every day in the media about avian flu, MRSA, C. difficile and MMR to name just a few. A measure of the respect that SfAM's Communication team has gained is that journalists contact us for background briefing and explanation as well as the names of microbiologists they can contact.
always do our best to provide facts, information and explanation
if speculation is required, explain the rationale behind that speculation
desist from hyping a story - whether it is the journalist or the scientist doing the hyping