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Measles outbreak: more than 1,000 people got sick in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The rapid growth of the incidence is connected with the group outbreaks in Volyn, Lviv, Zakarpattia, Chernihiv, Kyiv regions
15:22, 25 April 2018

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During the last week 1,070 people, including 507 adults and 563 children got the measles in Ukraine as the Health Ministry reported.

‘It is the biggest number of new cases spotted during a week since the measles outbreak’, the message said.

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The rapid growth of the incidence is connected with the group outbreaks in Volyn, Lviv, Zakarpattia, Chernihiv, Kyiv regions and the growth of the number of the adults who got the measles.

The incident room in response to the situation of the Health Ministry made a decision to extend the events on the enhanced immunization of all children groups up to 18 years. Earlier the enhanced immunization of all children groups up to 9 years acted.

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Moreover, the ministry considers the possibility of the adults’ immunization on the epidemic indicators using the vaccine bought for the state funds.

Totally, 11,700 people fell ill, including 4,564 adults and 7,157 children since the beginning of 2018. Eight people died, six of them are children.

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As we reported on the request of Ukraine’s Health Ministry, UNICEF delivered a new shipment of the MMR vaccine in the sum of 800, 000 doses on April 20.

Earlier the European Health Security Agency reported that Ukraine was the third in Europe on the number of people infected with measles in 2017. The leaders are Romania and Italy.

 

 

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