Measles cases triple globally in 2019, says UN - Mon 15 Apr 19:36 GMT

The World Health Organization says the latest figures paint "an alarming picture".

Measles cases triple globally in 2019, says UN

  The UN says the disease is "entirely preventable" with the right vaccines, but global coverage of the first immunisation stage has "stalled" at 85%, "still short of the 95% needed to prevent outbreaks".

  In an opinion piece for CNN, WHO heads Henrietta Fore and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world was "in the middle of a measles crisis" and that "the proliferation of confusing and contradictory information" about vaccines was partly to blame.

  In response to recent measles outbreaks, calls have mounted in several countries to make immunisation mandatory.

  Last month, Italy banned children under six from attending schools unless they had received vaccines for chickenpox, measles and other illnesses.