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Amid Anti-Vaxxer Movement, Measles Outbreak Kills Kids in Romania

© AP Photo / Eric RisbergA measles vaccine is shown on a countertop at the Tamalpais Pediatrics clinic Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Greenbrae, Calif.
A measles vaccine is shown on a countertop at the Tamalpais Pediatrics clinic Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Greenbrae, Calif. - Sputnik International
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The highly contagious disease that primarily targets children has reappeared in Romania, where 3 have died as a result.

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According to the Romanian Ministry of Health, a third measles casualty was recorded this week, following an unusually high number of measles cases registered in the country over the last 8 months.

"In the first eight months in Romania were recorded 675 confirmed cases of measles in 23 counties. Two children have died. A third death suspect of measles was recorded in last few days, but a final confirmation is awaited. As compared to 2015, the increase is more than alarming. Last year there were only 7 confirmed cases and no deaths from measles," a translated Ministry news release reads.

According to authorities, the measles outbreak is the result of "irresponsible campaigns against [the] vaccination of children." These campaigns have attracted the support of many Romanians, as many insist the measles vaccine causes autism in young people.

Despite the availability of safe and effective vaccines, measles remains one of the main causes of juvenile mortality. In 2014, approximately 114,900 people died from the disease globally, mostly children under 5.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that transmits via bodily fluids. There is no specific treatment, and in most cases people recover within 2-3 weeks. However, the disease poses a threat to children who are malnourished or have weakened immune systems.

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