Germany

A measles outbreak in Germany has highlighted the need for vaccination reminders and better information for parents, after a study showed that at least 80 percent of 614 cases in Duisburg in 2006 involved people who had not been vaccinated, according to research published Feb. 2 in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO). "Measles still causes an estimated 197,000 deaths each year around the world, the majority of them children under five," Peter Strebel of WHO's Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals said. "Parents and doctors need to be reminded that measles is a highly contagious disease. (UN News Service)

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