Falling rates of measles vaccinations could put people at risk from deadly animal viruses. The vaccine crisis is thought to have contributed to 142,000 deaths from measles worldwide last year. And an expert has warned that it may also make it easier for similar viruses in cattle and dogs to make the jump to humans. It is not yet clear whether canine distemper – caused by a virus which has already mutated to affect monkeys – has the ability to actually infect humans. Falling rates of measles vaccinations could put people at risk from deadly animal viruses. The vaccine crisis is thought to have contributed to 142,000 deaths from measles worldwide last year. (Above, illustration of the measles virus) An expert has warned that the vaccination crisis may also make it easier for similar viruses in cattle and dogs to make the jump to humans But Professor Jonathan Ball, an expert in emerging viruses from Nottingham University, said if it could, we may have been protected in the past because most people were vaccinated against the similar measles virus. Now, humans are likely to be at greater risk from viruses such as canine distemper and PPRV, which usually infects sheep… Read full this story
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