A TERRIFYING measles epidemic gripping Europe has broken out in another European country as numbers skyrocket.
Health officials have confirmed 17 new cases in Poland in a fresh outbreak – sparking a nationwide warning.
The latest break-out has hit Poland’s capital city Warsaw, with the country’s health minister urging people to vaccinate themselves.
It is believed the latest spread is due to parents failing to get their children vaccinated.
The news comes as Europe battles an epidemic that has reached record highs – with 41,000 cases of measles in the first six months of 2018.
At least 40 people have died from the highly contagious virus, reports the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The WHO say the spike in cases, and fatalities, is higher than any other figure reported throughout a 12-month period so far this decade.
Countries such as France, Greece, Italy and Ukraine have seen over 1,000 infections this year alone, as well as nations such as Serbia and Georgia.
From September 2017 to August 2018, Ukraine was the worst affected country by far with 32,618 measles cases recorded.
Serbia came second with 5,710 while Russia was third with 3,940.
It is a huge contrast to last year when there were 23,927 cases and the year before with 5,273.
Meanwhile in England there have been 807 cases so far this year.
Experts blame this surge in infections on a drop in the number of people being vaccinated.
The spike comes more than 50 years after the airborne virus, which is spread by coughs and sneezes, was invented.
The deadly virus gives off symptoms between 10 and 12 days after being exposed to a patient, and can last between seven and 10 days.
They can cause a fever of 40C, a cough, runny noise and inflamed eyes as well as small white spots in the mouth.
But they most infamously cause red, blotchy rashes on the body which typically begins three to five days after the start of symptoms.
Although most people recover completely, they can cause serious complications and even death.
They can lead to encephalitis (infection and swelling of the brain), meningitis, febrile convulsions, pneumonia and hepatitis (liver infection).
The vaccine can prevent infection, but research from 20 years ago, now discredited, linked the vaccine to autism which has put people off trusting it.