WHO issues Europe measles warning
The WHO report says there were over 26,000 measles cases in 36 European countries from January to October 2011.
Western European countries reported 83% of those cases, with 14,000 in France alone.
In England and Wales, there were just under 1,000 confirmed measles cases in that period - compared with just 374 in the whole of 2010.
Altogether, measles outbreaks in Europe have caused nine deaths, including six in France, and 7,288 hospitalisations.
France has now launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the need for MMR vaccination.
Jean-Yves Grall, the Director-General for Health in France, said: “France can simply not afford to have deaths, painful and costly hospitalisations, disruptions to work and school from a completely vaccine-preventable disease.”
Ninety per cent of European cases were amongst adolescents and adults who had not been vaccinated or people where it was not known if they had been vaccinated or not.