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Mumbai recorded 19 new cases of measles and one related death on Thursday, November 24, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) confirmed.
According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, currently India has the highest number of cases in the world at 9,489.
Measles, a viral disease that is more common amongst children has symptoms like high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. The rashes start appearing 3-5 days after the initial symptoms.
Why the increase in cases?
In a report released on Wednesday, November 23, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the CDC said that measles immunisation dropped significantly since the outbreak of the coronavirus-induced pandemic.
According to the report, nearly 40 million children missed a vaccine dose last year, and thus were highly vulnerable to measles, calling it the World's most contagious virus disease, which is also entirely preventable through vaccine.
To prevent community outbreaks, at least 95 per cent vaccination coverage is required.
According to WHO, measles cases increased by 79 per cent compared to the previous year in the first two months of 2022. And the viral disease has the most severe complications in children under five and adults over thirty.
The information put out by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that India saw the highest number of cases in the world between April and September 2022. Pakistan is seventh on the list with 3,635 cases, while the US has 33 cases so far.
According to the National Operational Guidelines 2017, by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India, along with other WHO-SEAR countries had resolved to eliminate measles by 2020.
In past 24 hours, Measles has already claimed as many as 13 lives.
-- With inputs from ANI.
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First Published: Thu, November 24 2022. 22:08 IST