Breaking News – there are reports of two new deaths in Italy, including a young patient who died of measles encephalitis in 2017 and a young adult with leukemia just last month.
There have been a lot of measles deaths in Europe over the last few years?
Would you believe over 100?
Measles Deaths in Italy
Among those measles deaths in Europe, there have been at least twelve measles deaths in Italy (five in 2017 and seven in 2018, among just 7,697 cases), all either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, including:
- a 6-year-old boy with leukemia who caught measles from an intentionally unvaccinated sibling (2017)
- an intentionally unvaccinated 9-year-old girl with chromosomopathy, which is not a contraindication to getting vaccinated (2017)
- a 16-month-old girl with chronic medical problems who caught measles while hospitalized for persistent fever and a subsequent bleeding disorder (2017)
- a 27-year-old woman (2017)
- a young patient who died of measles encephalitis (December 2017)
- a 25-year-old unvaccinated mother
- a 10-month-old unvaccinated boy who likely caught measles when he had been hospitalized for an RSV infection
- a 38-year-old
- a 42-year-old unvaccinated man who was immunocompromised
- a 51-year-old in Sicily
- a 29-year-old in Sicily
- a 23-year-old with leukemia in Trieste who had received one dose of the measles vaccine (October 2018)
Why so many deaths in a developed country with a well-nourished population?
If you haven’t guessed yet, as in other countries in Europe, we are seeing more deaths from measles simply because folks aren’t vaccinated and more people are getting measles.
Measles is a life-threatening disease, even in an age of modern medicine, indoor plumbing, sewage systems, clean water, whole foods, vitamins and minerals, etc.
Italy, with about 1/5 the population of the United States, but about equal to the size of California, has had over 600 times as many cases of measles as we have had in the United States over the last few years. To put it in perspective, that would be like having 33,000 cases of measles in the United States.
Measles in Italy
Again, in Italy, as in other places, almost all of the measles cases, about 90%, have been in those who aren’t vaccinated.
But shouldn’t folks have a choice about getting vaccinated?
Even with the new vaccine laws, parents have a choice. As with vaccine laws in the United States, Italy’s new vaccine mandates had nothing to do with forced vaccination.
That’s unlike most of the people who died of measles in Italy. Most of them didn’t have a choice about being vaccinated and getting measles. Some were immunocompromised and couldn’t be vaccinated and at least one was too young to be vaccinated.
Parents had been set a July 10th deadline to provide schools with the relevant documentation, but it will now be possible for parents to simply submit their own confirmation that the child has been vaccinated, according to Giulia Grillo, Italy’s Health Minister, who was speaking at a press conference on Thursday.
Mandatory vaccinations: Italian parents will no longer need to provide doctor’s note
And that’s why it’s unfortunate that the a newly elected government severely watered down a vaccine law that had made getting vaccinated mandatory to go to school.
What to Know About the Measles Deaths in Italy
A drop in vaccination rates has led to measles outbreaks and a number of measles deaths in Italy.
More on Measles Deaths in Italy
- CDC – Measles in Italy Travel Notice
- Mandatory vaccinations: Italian parents will no longer need to provide doctor’s note
- Morbillo & Rosolia News
- Morbillo & Rosolia News Rapporto N° 45 – Ottobre 2018 (October 2018)
- Measles in Italy: weekly bulletin (Dec 2017)
- Allarme Morbillo, In Aumento I Casi In Italia
- Morbillo, muore una bambina di 9 anni a Roma
- ECDC – Measles outbreaks still ongoing in 2018 and fatalities reported from four countries
Updated November 7, 2018