There is an ongoing measles outbreak in Romania. From October 2022 to the end of July 2023, 460 of 580 possible measles cases were confirmed in 17 of the 41 Romanian counties, according to a Eurosurveillance report. The outbreak is due to genotype D8. No measles-related deaths have so far been notified.
This follows a 2-year period with zero indigenous measles cases in the country. The low measles case numbers reported during this time in Romania could be the effect of restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The median age of the confirmed cases was 4 years (range: 42 days–48 years). Of the 460 confirmed measles cases, 362 (78%) were among unvaccinated individuals, 51 were too young to be eligible for vaccination, 15 had incomplete vaccination (one dose of MMR), and for the remaining 32, no information is available.
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