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Measles in Ukraine: Cases among adults increase

The Ukraine Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health reported an additional 1078 people affected by measles: 479 adults and 599 children in the most recent week.

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Since the beginning of the year, 13,883 people were affected by measles – 5,603 adults and 8,280 children. During this time, eight people died of the complications of the measles: six children and two adults.

While the number of new cases decreased, the number of cases of measles among adults increases. Since the beginning of the year, the proportion of adults with measles has increased from 34% to 44%.

According to the current legislation, MMR vaccines procured at the national level can not be used for adult immunization. At the moment, the MOH is working to change the regulatory framework to enable free vaccinations with vaccines procured at the national level, not only for children, but also for adults at risk.

Since the beginning of the year, most people suffered from measles in Ivano-Frankivsk (only 2,083 people: 635 adults and 1,448 children), Transcarpathian (total 2,045 people: 408 adults and 1,637 children), Lviv (only 1579 people: 517 adults and 1062 children), Odessa (only 1475 people: 719 adults and 756 children) and Chernivtsi (only 1,062 people: 361 adults and 701 children).

Over the past week, the number of registered cases in the Volyn, Vinnytsia, Kirovograd, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Chernivtsi regions has increased significantly.

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