Doctors in Sicily are saying the country has been hit by a measles epidemic.
The doctors pronounced themselves after a ten-month-old boy died in Catania’s Garibaldi Hospital as a result of contracting the illness, which caused respiratory complications.
The infant was too young to be given the measles inoculation. Doctors believe he got the illness from his mother.
Two other persons died as a result of measles in the first quarter of this year – a 42-year-old male and a 25-year-old female.
These deaths have again raised the issue of inoculations, and of the importance of their administration against certain dangerous illnesses.
To date Italian hospitals have handled over 411 cases of measles,, the majority of them in Sicily. 91% of the reported cases had never been inoculated, whereas another 4.5% had only been given the first inoculation.
According to expert Walter Ricciardi, the whole of Italy is at risk.
218 cases have been reported in Sicily alone.