Romania has seen nearly 2,000 cases of measles since February 2016, World Health Organization data shows.
The country’s vaccination rate is 86 per cent, well below the 95 per cent recommended for “herd immunity” against infectious disease.
Romania’s measles outbreak has killed 17 children there, none of whom were vaccinated.
Romania’s vaccination rate has fallen sharply over the last decade, driven in part by a vocal anti-vaccination movement there. The country now has Europe’s highest measles infection rate, and its fifth-lowest vaccination rate.
Measles was most common in parts of Romania with the lowest vaccination rates, WHO said.
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In 2013, UNICEF expressed concern about the spread of anti-vaccine messages on social media networks in central and eastern Europe.
The region had successfully kept diseases like polio and measles at bay for many years, but, UNICEF warned,  “this has led to complacency toward the diseases …
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