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By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials have reported a total of 85 confirmed cases of measles in Argentina through the first week of December.


Of this total, 83 were detected in Argentina and 2 in Spain. Of the cases detected in Argentina, 7 were imported or import-related and 76 have no travel history or epidemiological link with imported cases.

Fifteen cases were reported in the city of Buenos Aires and 61 are residents of Buenos Aires Province.

Sixty-one of the confirmed cases were not vaccinated or had an unknown vaccination history.

In late November, the Ministry of Health acquired additional doses of triple and double viral vaccine to cope with the outbreak, which started in September.

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Officials urge the population to check the measles vaccination schedule and apply the “zero dose” to children between 6 and 11 months inclusive, residing in the City and in regions V, VI, VII and XII of the province of Buenos Aires, in order to prevent the disease and prevent its spread, serious complications and deaths.

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Children between 13 months and 4 years living in the aforementioned jurisdictions must prove two doses of triple viral vaccine, applied after the first year of life.

Within that framework, the Ministry of Government reports that vaccines in the National Vaccination Calendar for the first quarter of 2020 will be distributed during the month of December this year.

The measure covers children living in the Buenos Aires municipalities of Campana, Escobar, Exaltation of the Cross, General San Martín, José C. Paz, Malvinas Argentinas, Pilar, San Fernando, San Isidro, San Miguel, Tigre, Vicente López and Zarate belonging to region V; Avellaneda, Lanús, Lomas de Zamora, Admiral Brown, Berazategui, Esteban Echeverría, Ezeiza, Florencio Varela and Quilmes, from region VI; Gral. Las Heras, Gral. Rodríguez, Luján, Marcos Paz, Merlo, Hurlingham, Ituzaingó, Morón, Tres de Febrero and Moreno, region VII and La Matanza, corresponding to region XII.