In an update on the ongoing measles outbreak in the Republic of Serbia, Institute of Public Health of Serbia reported (computer translated) 23 additional measles cases in October–17 in Belgrade and six in Pancevo.
This brings the total to 5764 cases, including 2912 laboratory confirmed, since October 2017, with nearly 5000 cases occurring in 2018 . The majority of patients (94%) are non-vaccinated, incomplete vaccinated or unknown vaccine status.
Overall, the majority of patients (88%) registered on the territory of the City of Belgrade, Nišavski, Pčinjski, Raški and Jablanički districts.
Out of the total number of patients, 33% were hospitalized or hospitalization is ongoing. Of the severe complications of measles, encephalitis was reported in two and pneumonia occurred in 584 patients.
Serbian officials also reported that since the first measles fatality in December 2017, the first in two decades, 15 deaths have been reported.
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