The President of Italy’s Higher Health Institute, Walter Ricciardi, admitted on Wednesday the country is dealing with a measles epidemic. In an interview with Radio 24, the Italian official claims Romania faces a similar challenge.
In the first quarter of 2017, there is a six-fold increase in registered cases, with Health Ministry officials reporting 1,500 registered cases, up from 840 in 2016 and 250 in 2015. The United States Center for Disease Control issued a warning to tourists about the potentially fatal disease, Reuters reports.
The cause of the epidemic is a steep drop in vaccination, from the recommended 95% of the population to 85%. In 2015, Beppe Grillo raised concerns for the “side-effects” of vaccinations, calling mandatory vaccination “a gift to multinational pharmaceutical firms.”
The MS5 movement is now facing criticism by the Democratic Party administration.