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Ukraine measles update: 32,489 cases year-to-date

Ukraine health officials reported (computer translated) an additional 554 measles cases (157 adults and 397 children) during the week ending October 6.

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This brings the total cases to date to 32,489 (13,013 adults and 19,476 children). In addition, 14 people died of complications of the measles: four adults and ten children.

Most people suffered from measles in Lviv (a total of 6,460 people: 1,994 adults and 4,466 children), Transcarpathian (3,149 people: 601 adults and 2,448 children), Ivano-Frankivsk (3 029 people: 858 adults and 2 171 children) ), Odessa (2,467 people: 1,241 adults and 1,226 children), Kyiv (2,250 people: 1,419 adults and 831 children), and Ternopil (1,219 people: 668 adults and 1,515 children).

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The incidence of measles among children remains high. The risk of getting sick is also increasing due to the joint stay of children in schools and kindergartens. Therefore, it is very important for the children to be vaccinated on time in accordance with the Calendar of preventive vaccinations.

Officials remind that unvaccinated children can not attend schools and kindergartens: the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine in a joint official letter reminded the heads of regional and Kyiv city state administrations of the norms of the law (Article 15 of the Law of Ukraine “On Protection of the Population from infectious diseases “).