The five-month-old Isaïa didn’t have to die. A simple vaccination would have saved his life. His mother Lalatiana Ravonjisoa is desperate for the measles death of the boy.

“I confess I have not done enough,” says the 35-Year-old. Isaïa is one of more than 1,200 deaths since the months-lasting measles epidemic in Madagascar. With around 120,000 cases since September, the outbreak is currently one of the largest of the extremely contagious viral infection in the world.

“He died only a week after the first fever,” says Ravonjisoa, vegetable seller from the capital Antananarivo. A visit to the doctor have you can’t afford. The epidemic in the island nation off the Southeast coast of Africa is a dramatic example of what the world health organization (WHO) announced a disturbing return of preventable diseases.

The world health organization (WHO) proposed on Monday an Alarm: The number of from January to March reported cases was four times as high as the prior-year period. 170 countries reported, therefore, around 112 000 diseases, compared with 28,000 in the year 2018. The actual number is much higher, warned the WHO. It is assumed that only every tenth case is reported. Currently, there are epidemics in Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia.

among the reasons for the increase in disease cases in developed countries, Here, associated with the fear of the alleged side-effects. The organisation has a lack of Impfbereitschaft already the largest health risks in the world. It is not an abstract risk: Before the introduction of measles vaccination, 2.6 million people died in 1980, according to WHO data, the virus disease, in 2016 there were still around 100,000, mainly in poorer countries.

In Germany, where almost 95 per cent of all School entrants both recommended measles vaccinations, can barely remember someone in mind that measles can also be fatal. However, the number of diseases is increasing. The competent Robert-Koch-Institute in Berlin were transmitted to 2018 data 543 measles cases. Came to a large increase, it is therefore least of all in the WHO Region of Europe in 2017 to be there, ill 23.927 people – in 2016, there were only 5273.

The return of measles has already led to demands for a compulsory vaccination. At the beginning of may is expected to be a proposal of the Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU). Individual Federal länder, such as Brandenburg, and North Rhine-Westphalia want to go ahead with its own regulations. Federal Minister of family Affairs Franziska Giffey (SPD) had said at the end of March: “The health and the protection of the entire population put limits on individual freedom.”

The Virus had in Madagascar, an easy game, because for years, only just over half of all children were vaccinated. The state funding for vaccination campaigns is missing. In the world, especially poorer countries, measles affected. In the Central African Congo, the authorities have counted since the beginning of the year, around 41 000 diseases and 760 measles Deaths in the Philippines, the disease succumbed to more than 350 people. The Victims are mainly children up to five years.

The six children of Marie-Jeanne Randriamahefy in Antananarivo in December, all of the measles. “Three children were in a bed, the other three in the other bed,” she says. All of the children have survived, but the 44-Year-old blames himself: “I have had the kids vaccinated. It is my fault that you almost died.”