Over the week from December 28 till January 3, 2,305 people fell sick with measles in Ukraine. That includes 966 adults and 1,339 children, the Health Ministry's official website reports.
As of January 3, there were 809,073 doses of vaccine against measles, parotitis and rose-rash, the Ministry said; that number also includes 392,200 doses of the vaccine made in the U.S., which reached the western regions of Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian authority, most of the cases are observed in the western regions of the country, which is why this area is the priority to cover.
Previously, the Ministry of Healthcare reported that over 54,000 Ukrainians got sick with measles in 2018.
Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40 °C (104.0 °F), cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes. Small white spots known as Koplik's spots may form inside the mouth two or three days after the start of symptoms. A red, flat rash which usually starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body typically begins three to five days after the start of symptoms. Common complications include diarrhea, middle ear infection, and pneumonia (6%). Less commonly, seizures, blindness, or inflammation of the brain may occur.
Measles may result in the death of the infected, and the problem is that there's no specific treatment of this illness. Vaccination is the only reliable way to get protected. Both children and adults, the unvaccinated ones, are in the risk group. Any person under 18 years old, the military, students, teacher and medics can get vaccinated on the set schedule.