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Ukraine heads rating of states with high measles’ incidence

Source : 112 Ukraine

In 2018, 35,000 people sickened with measles in Ukraine
17:21, 1 March 2019

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The number of incidence of measles rapidly grows. Meanwhile, Ukraine heads the rating as the country, where the greatest number of the cases of the incidence were spotted as UNICEF reported.

In the result of the increase in the number of people diseased with measles, 98 countries stated about the increase in these cases in 2018 in comparison with 2017.

The UNICEF made the rating of the countries with the worst indicators. The Philippines occupied the second place (15,599 cases of the incidence) and Ukraine got the first place with 35,120 cases of the incidence of measles. It is also known that 24,042 diseased with measles were spotted in Ukraine in 2019.

Related: First death from measles spotted in Kyiv

According to the UNICEF, measles is more infectious disease than Ebola, tuberculosis or blue. It is possible to be infected with measles for two hours after the diseased person leaves the room. The virus rapidly spread in the air and infect the respiratory system.

The UNICEF recommends vaccinating to prevent the infection with measles as there are no medicines against it. The vaccination is the only variant, which can secure a person.

Related: Student of Medical University dies from measles in Ukraine's Vinnysia

- the vaccines are safe and effective;

- all children should be vaccinated at the age of 6 months up to 5 years during the outbreaks;

- it is necessary to educate and equip doctors to get the quality service;

- it is necessary to enhance the programs of the immunization for the supply of the vaccines.

Related: Mass vaccination against measles to take place in Lviv

As we reported, seven people died from the complications caused by measles in Ukraine since the beginning of 2019.

Earlier it was reported that over 15,000 Ukrainian sickened with measles in January 2019. However, the measles epidemic will not be declared in Ukraine.

Besides, the outbreak of measles was spotted among the personnel of the National Guard of Ukraine, assigned to Vinnytsia military unit. The first case of the sickness of measles was spotted before the New Year and now, the number of diseased increased up to more than a few dozens. The National Guard does not have a specialized medical unit so the soldiers are hospitalized to the city hospital. Four soldiers receive the treatment at Khmelnytsky District Hospital. 

 

 

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