An outbreak of measles continues in the Chernivtsi region - as of January 12, 468 cases of the disease have been registered. This was reported in the Chernivtsi regional laboratory center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
"Among the ill - 372 children (79%) and 96 adults. The greatest proportion among children is 40% (144 patients) in the age group of 5 to 9. Among the children under the age of one registered 23 cases of measles, the younger one is 2 months ", The report says.
It is noted that of the 173 people were hospitalized. The rest receive out-patient treatment.
We recall, in the fall of 2017, a measles outbreak was reported. According to the Ministry of Health, the country already has 70 times more cases of measles than in the previous year - more than 2000 people. Indications of the most common diseases are recorded in Ivano-Frankivsk, Odesa and Ternopil regions. At the same time, more than half of the patients are children from one year to eight.
Doctors stress that vaccination is the only reliable way to protect against measles (for both children and adults). It does not protect against the virus by 100%, but it significantly reduces the possibility of infection and softens the course of the disease.
Also as of morning on Friday, Jan. 12, 74 instances of infection with measles were recorded in Kyiv, as the press service of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection informs.
Out of them, 57 are children. Most of the infected are kids of 5-9 years old – 46.5%. 16 instances of infection were reported among pre-school children and another 30 – among schoolchildren.
Prophylactic and anti-epidemic measures are underway in over 50 preschools and schools.
Valeria Lutkovska, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights appealed to Uliana Suprun, the acting Minister of Healthcare with the request to organize the campaign on the informing of people about the importance of the vaccination of the children against the measles. The appeal was published at the official website of the ombudswoman.
Lutkovska thinks that the growth of the disease in the beginning of 2018 is determined by the absence of the informing of the population about the necessity of the preventive measures.