- Twelve youngsters have died from measles in Mumbai, India.
- The most recent death occurred on Tuesday and involved an eight-month-old who was only partially immunized.
- Health officials blame a lax vaccination campaign during the Covid epidemic for the increase in illnesses.
The first death was reported on October 26 and 27 when three kids passed away in less than 48 hours.
Up until Wednesday, the city had 233 confirmed cases, a threefold increase from the 92 cases and two recorded deaths previous year.
Authorities claim that the increase in illnesses is a result of a lax vaccination campaign during the Covid epidemic.
According to a press release from the local municipal body, the most recent recorded fatality occurred on Tuesday and involved an eight-month-old kid who was only partially immunized.
Even more so than Covid, measles is extremely contagious and can have serious consequences, particularly in young children under the age of five.
The mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, which requires two doses, can prevent the illness, which causes coughing, rashes, and fever.
In Europe, there have been a number of significant outbreaks in nations with poor MMR vaccination rates.
If they are exposed to it and are unvaccinated, nine out of ten persons can contract it.
Measles can result in serious complications, including pneumonia and brain inflammation, as well as a recognizable rash. It can also occasionally be fatal.
A vaccine can virtually eliminate all of these hazards.
The MMR vaccine, given in two doses, provides approximately 88% protection against mumps and 99% protection against measles and rubella.
It is more difficult for the disease to spread between people when a large portion of the population is vaccinated.
However, there has been a worrying decline in the proportion of kids receiving these vaccinations on time since the start of the Covid epidemic.
23 million kids did not receive all of the recommended childhood vaccinations in 2020. According to Unicef, that is 3.7 million more than in 2019 and the greatest amount since 2009.
Due to the pandemic, according to authorities in Mumbai, almost 20,000 youngsters did not receive their measles vaccinations on time.
“Now, we are tracking all these children and holding vaccination camps on priority,” Dr Mangala Gomare, Mumbai’s executive health officer, told The Indian Express newspaper.
Health officials claim that the drive is also being hampered by other problems like vaccine reluctance.
“After vaccination, some children develop mild fever and pain in the injected area, so parents don’t let them get vaccinated,” Shreya Salvi, a health volunteer, told the newspaper.
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