By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
In a follow-up on the measles situation in Argentina, the Ministry of Health has reported 97 cases in 2019, according to a Infobae report (computer translated).
Most of the cases were reported since late August representing the largest measles outbreak in the country since the elimination of the endemic circulation of the virus, reached in 2000 and certified in 2016 by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
The majority of cases have been reported in the City of Buenos Aires and the province of Buenos Aires, which is associated with summer vacations and high population mobility towards tourist areas, making it even more of a concern.
The vaccination history of vaccination in the 88 cases that occurred since Aug 25 are as follows: 35 cases (40%) were not vaccinated, 13 (15%) did not correspond to vaccination by age, 23 (26%) did not have the data of vaccination and 10 (11%) had one dose and 7 (8%) cases with two doses.
Of the 88 cases, 18 (20%) required hospitalization.
In the Region of the Americas, more than 18,000 measles cases were reported with some 16,000 cases reported in Brazil alone.
Globally, at least 20 countries, or some 10 percent of countries saw 1,000 measles or more in 2019.
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