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Measles outbreak sparks warning from world health officials; urge vaccination

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The World Health Organization has reported tens of thousands of measles cases across Europe, AP reports.

Now, Polish health officials are calling on people to vaccinate themselves and their children after measles cases were reported in the region around Warsaw.

Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said 17 recent measles cases in the Mazovia Province all resulted from parents failing to get their children vaccinated.

At a news conference on Sunday, Szumowski and other health officials stressed that measles vaccinations are safe.

Measles is a highly contagious disease and WHO says it is one of the leading causes of death worldwide in young children. It’s easily prevented with a vaccine.