Measles in Ukraine: 755 additional cases reported in past week
In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Ukraine, the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine reported an additional 755 cases in the past week, bringing the total to 28,185 this year. The death tally remains at 13.
This represents a slight decrease in the incidence of measles since last week (8.2 percent). A breakdown in the cases is as follows: 11,437 adults and 16,748 children, Outbreak News Today reports.
Cases are distributed among the different cities: Lviv (only 5 451 people: 1 715 adults and 3 737 children), Transcarpathian (total 2 932 people: 545 adults and 2 387 children), Ivano-Frankivsk (total 2 673 people: 763 adults and 1 910 children), Odesa (only 2,188 people: 1,133 adults and 1,075 children), Kyiv (only 1,933 people: 1,192 adults and 741 children) and Ternopil (only 1,489 people: 576 adults and 913 children) regions.
Health officials also report that the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) delivered a new batch of 77,600 doses of vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella.
As of August 2, 2018, 764,000 doses of vaccines are available in Ukraine.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine is in the TOP3 European countries with the highest incidence of measles.
Doctors say that the vast majority of infectious diseases, such as measles, chicken pox, and rubella are transmitted by airborne droplets and begin with colds or SARS symptoms: running nose, coughing, and light fever.
More characteristic symptoms (for example, a rash) may initially be invisible, while the infected person is already a carrier of a dangerous virus.