Measles outbreak in Ukraine: School holidays prolonged in Ivano-Frankivsk

Source : 112 Ukraine

In order to limit the spread of the disease, it is recommended to extend the holydays in the city's schools. The forced holidays will last until January 21
16:09, 13 January 2018

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Authorities of Ivano-Frankivsk city in Ukraine decided to extend holidays in schools because of the outbreak of measles. This is stated on the website of the city.

"In order to limit the spread of the disease, it is recommended to extend winter holidays in the city's schools. The forced holidays will last until January 21. The exception is school №6, where the largest number of ill pupils are registered, where the holidays will be prolonged for 2 more weeks," reads the message.

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.

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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 Friday, Jan. 12, 74 instances of measles infection with were recorded in Kyiv, as the press service of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection informs. 

In 57 cases children were the infected ones. Most of them are kids from 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.

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