Read the map

This is a map that says a lot.  It tracks “Vaccine-Preventable Disease Outbreaks” around the world. Many of the biggest circles, showing outbreaks of common infectious diseases that can be treated by inexpensive and effective vaccines, are in Africa.

The five most prevalent diseases the map shows are measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, and rubella. All of the polio cases are in Africa and Asia.

One glaring disparity the map shows, if you click on the circles, is the number of deaths from these diseases.  While measles epidemics have occurred in recent years in France, Spain, and elsewhere in Europe, they didn’t cause any deaths.  Similar epidemics in Africa caused thousands of deaths.

In France, for example, an epidemic involving 34,000 cases didn’t result in any deaths.  In Burkina Faso, an epidemic involving 19,000 cases caused 150 deaths.

 

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