WHO: Deadly outbreak of measles in Spain, Italy
Spain has reported its deadliest measles outbreak in more than two decades, with 1,637 cases and more than 10,000 confirmed cases.
The latest data released Wednesday shows that the country recorded its highest number of cases and deaths since November 2013.
More than 5,600 cases have been reported and 2,000 deaths.
In the city of Malaga, more than 1,000 cases were confirmed, with 2,700 confirmed cases, the health ministry said.
The disease was first reported in January, and outbreaks were reported in the city’s tourist district.
The state of Valencia reported its highest case count in more years than any other Spanish province, with more than 15,000.
The outbreak began in the country’s central region, where it spread to the southern city of Valencia.
Health officials are still trying to track down the people responsible for the outbreak, who may have come from outside the country.
The European Union said Wednesday it is stepping up support for Spain, which is the continent’s third-biggest economy and the world’s third largest consumer of imported goods.
It has said it will provide financial assistance to help pay for supplies.
The WHO said Wednesday that Spain’s coronavirus outbreak has surpassed its record set in 2015, when more than 50,000 people were infected.
It said the number of new cases and the number registered per day are up more than 30 percent since that time.