Over 2,000 People Diagnosed With Measles in Six Days in Ukraine
This includes 966 adults and 1,319 children
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Between Dec. 28, 2018, to Jan. 3, 2019, 2,305 people, or 966 adults and 1,319 children, have been diagnosed with measles in Ukraine, according to data from the Center for Public Health of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health.
One child has already died from complications of the disease this year.
In 2018, 54,481 people, including 20,204 adults and 34,277 children, were ill with measles. Sixteen of them died. Among the dead are those who did not have any vaccinations at all or the required amount.
The Ministry of Health said that vaccinations are the only reliable way to protect against the disease.
Measles is an extremely infectious disease transmitted from a sick person through air droplets when sneezing, coughing or talking to a patient. The virus can live in the air and on the surfaces for up to two hours after a sick person has left a room.
Nine out of 10 unvaccinated people in contact with a sick person will be infected. The disease can be severe and lead to serious complications: pneumonia, ear infections, brain inflammation- encephalitis, other serious complications, as well as disability and death. There is no specific treatment for measles. The only way to prevent complications and death is to vaccinate. Children and adults who have not received a prophylactic vaccine are at risk.
As of Jan. 3, 2019, 809,073 doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccines are available in the country.
Last year, the highest rates of the disease were seen in Lviv (total 11,873 people: 3,378 adults and 8,495 children), Ivano-Frankivsk (5,617 people: 1 ,496 adults and 4,121 children), Zakarpattia (total 4,733 people: 988 adults and 3,745 children), Ternopil (total 3,658 people: 1,268 adults and 2,390 children), Vinnytsya (3,422 people: 1,212 adults and 2,210 children) and Chernivtsi (3,384 people: 1,177 adults and 2,267 children) regions.