25 Countries Where Measles Is a Serious Problem

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5. Turkey
> Population: 81.9 million
> Cases in 2018: 509
> Cases in 2017: 69
> Cases in 2016: 9

The number of cases has increased dramatically this year, but it’s still far from the peak of 7,415 in 2013. Nevertheless, UNICEF warns that the virus continues to be a health problem, especially among infants and pre-school children, due to low vaccination rates.

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4. Georgia
> Population: 3.7 million
> Cases in 2018: 1,129
> Cases in 2017: 96
> Cases in 2016: 14

Georgia has had between eight and 64 confirmed cases a year between 2006 and 2012. Then an outbreak occurred with at least 7,868 people infected in 2013 and 3,190 the following year.

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3. Ukraine
> Population: 42.6 million
> Cases in 2018: 29,464
> Cases in 2017: 4,782
> Cases in 2016: 90

The crisis has reached epidemic levels here. Ukraine is the hardest-hit European country with 29,464 confirmed cases so far in 2018. The second worst outbreak occurred in 2012 with 12,744 diagnoses. The CDC is advising people traveling to Ukraine to get the MMR vaccine.

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2. Serbia
> Population: 7.0 million
> Cases in 2018: 5,019
> Cases in 2017: 702
> Cases in 2016: 14

Serbia has not seen a measles outbreak like this before. According to WHO records that go back to 2006, the previous worst year was 2017 with 702 confirmed cases. This is another country on the “get vaccinated if you’re going there” list, as per the CDC.

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1. Venezuela
> Population: 29.2 million
> Cases in 2018: 4,605
> Cases in 2017: 727
> Cases in 2016: 6

The measles outbreak in Venezuela has reached epidemic levels. The Pan American Health Organization has been urging people throughout South America to get vaccinated. Brazil blames Venezuela for its own spike in measles due to people fleeing the political and economic crisis there.