WHO: No need for mass vaccination against smallpox in Europe and North America

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World Health Organization does not believe the appearance of measles in Europe and North America requires mass vaccines.

"For the time being, measures such as good hygiene and safe sexual behavior will help control the spread," said Richard Pibodi, who leads the WHO team on high pathogenic threats to Europe.

Pibodi stressed that current stocks of vaccines are relatively limited.

The primary measures to control the epidemic are contact monitoring and isolation, he said.

Public health authorities in Europe and North America are investigating more than 100 suspected and confirmed cases of measles.

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