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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on measles

Mireille D’Ornano

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on measles   

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas measles is a viral infection that causes rashes and may lead to subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (‘SSPE’);

B.  whereas a study published by the University of California on 28 October 2016 shows that SSPE may be more prevalent than previously thought: 1 in 1 367 for children below the age of 5 with measles, and 1 in 609 for children below the age of 12 months with measles;

C.  whereas, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, 1 818 cases of measles were diagnosed in the EU between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016, and at least 75% could be attributed to the fact that the patient had not been vaccinated;

D.  whereas 15 Member States have a 95% vaccine coverage for measles, and whereas the resurgence of measles mostly affects people who come from or have been abroad;

1.  Calls on the Commission to issue guidelines on measles vaccination based on the World Health Organisation’s recommendations.

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