More than 21,000 people caught the virus in 2017, and 35 people died of it, World Health Organization said. It came as a blow, following a record low 5,273 cases in 2016.
During a press release, WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab stated "every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others who may not be able to get vaccinated". She describes the loss of lives as a "tragedy we simply can not accept".
Only 118 cases of the measles were documented in the United States previous year.
A total of 21,315 cases were reported on the continent in 2017 and the infection was the cause of 35 deaths.
Measles is resurging in some European nations, partly thanks to decreased immunization rates encouraged by the anti-vaccination movement.
When unvaccinated children contract measles it spreads to babies that aren't old enough to get their vaccines.
That's what is happening in Europe, as well.
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The MMR vaccine can prevent it.
For the last time the Ukrainians have more to fear and to fight acute infectious viral disease - measles.
For measles, about 90 to 95 percent of the population needs to vaccinated to virtually eliminate the disease.
Poor vaccination rates are thought to have led to epidemics in Romania, Italy and Ukraine.
And countries with fewer resources to provide vaccines have trouble getting them even to people who want them.
Romania, Italy and Ukraine reported the highest number of people affected, together accounting for over 70 percent of the entire number in Europe.
Some 15 European countries experienced serious outbreaks of measles past year, but the worst affected were Romania, with 5,562 cases, Italy with 5,006 and Ukraine with 4,767.
There were 21,315 people hit by disease on the continent a year ago, four times the 5,273 affected in 2016. Simply put, vaccinations aren't 100 percent effective, so you become safer as it becomes less likely that the person next to you has the disease.