The Argentina Ministry of Health issued an Epidemiological Alert Thursday (computer translated) after reporting two autochthonous measles cases in Bueno Aires.

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

The cases include two babies of 5 and 6 months, respectively who were treated in Buenos Aires hospitals Ricardo Gutiérrez and Pedro Elizalde.

“The two cases were confirmed by IgM serology and viral genome detection by PCR in urine and respiratory sample,” explained the Ministry of Health.

In addition to these two, an additional indigenous case was reported in April making it the first to be registered in the country since 2000.

Argentina, thanks to vaccination, had managed to eliminate the circulation of the measles virus. Since 2000, 32 imported cases (in people who contracted the virus outside the country) and related to the import (cases that acquired the infection through contact with the imported case) were notified.

The Ministry of Health of the Nation indicates a complete vaccination scheme for the age according to the National Vaccination Calendar:

From 12 months to 4 years: they must accredit ONE DOSE of triple viral vaccine (measles-rubella-mumps).

Over 5 years old: they must certify TWO DOSE of double or triple viral vaccine after the first year of life.

People born before 1965 do NOT need to be vaccinated because they are considered protected because they have been in contact with the virus.

It is recommended that children between 6 and 11 months of age, including traveling abroad, receive a dose of triple viral vaccine. This dose is additional and should not be taken into account as a regular vaccination scheme.