Thursday 18 January 2018

Measles death prompts vaccine call

The German health minister has called for an increased effort to ensure that children are vaccinated against the disease
The German health minister has called for an increased effort to ensure that children are vaccinated against the disease

An 18-month-old boy has died of measles at a Berlin hospital amid an outbreak of the disease in the German capital.

The Charite hospital said a post-mortem on the child, who was not inoculated against measles, showed that he had another disease as well, but it would not have led to his death without the measles infection.

It is the first known death in an outbreak that has seen Berlin record more than 570 cases over recent months. Officials believe the outbreak began with a child asylum-seeker from Bosnia.

Health minister Hermann Groehe called for an increased effort to ensure that children are vaccinated.

He said that "if that doesn't succeed, an obligation to vaccinate isn't a taboo", but it is not currently on the agenda.

Press Association

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