Measles makes the patient as fragile as a newborn child
Measles killed almost 90,000 people in 2016
As a reminder, measles is a serious and highly contagious disease caused by a virus. It is one of the major causes of early childhood death. “An estimated 89,780 people, a majority of them children under 5 years of age, died of measles in 2016,” says WHO. In the majority of cases, these deaths are due to complications of the disease (encephalitis, severe diarrhea, respiratory infections, etc.).
According to WHO, vaccination campaigns have significantly reduced the number of measles deaths. “Between 2000 and 2016, measles vaccination is estimated to have prevented 20.4 million deaths, making it the best investment in public health. To date, no specific treatment against measles has been developed.