India has fourth highest number of measles cases in the worl
2.3 million children in India did not get measles vaccine-- and the country now ranks fourth in the world for the number of cases.

India reported 39,299 number of measles cases between July 2018 and June 2019 — the fourth highest in 149 countries around the world, said a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). However, the number of children suffering from measles in India has come down from 69,391 in 2018 to 24,076 until June 2019.

Madagascar (150,976) witnessed the highest number of cases followed by Ukraine (84,394) and Philippines (45,847), the report added.

There was a 300% in the number of measles cases around the world in the first three months of 2019, UN warned. The spike is largely because of the drop in global vaccination rate.

Measles is an infectious disease caused by the rubeola virus. Two dosages of vaccination can cure measles once and for all. However, 20 million children did not receive life-saving vaccinations in 2018, according to the WHO and UNICEF. In India,

90% of the children got measles vaccine, yet 2.3 million children still missed out.

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