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Measles outbreak kills 11 in Ukraine this year

AFP  |  Kiev 

Eleven people, including seven children, have died of in this year after an outbreak in the war-scarred nation and adjoining Romania, the ministry said today.

More than 20,500 people, including 12,200 children, have contracted the potentially since the start of the year, it said.

Two fatalities were recorded this month, taking the number of deaths in 2018 to 11.

The highly contagious viral disease, characterised by and small red spots, usually triggers only mild symptoms, but remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally.

The World Organization (WHO) recommends two doses of vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months, to achieve high levels of immunity and prevent outbreaks.

The WHO recommends a 95-per cent rate to prevent mass hospitalisations and fatalities.

But in just 42 per cent of one-year-olds had been vaccinated by the end of 2016, making it the world's third-worst performing country after and Equatorial Guinea, according to the children's agency

The latest outbreak, which began last summer, has prompted calls for and for schools to turn away pupils who have not been vaccinated.

Ukrainian authorities and international organisations blame the outbreak on a lengthy hiatus in immunisations.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 01:30 IST
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