While the Kyrgyzstan government has not officially declared an outbreak of measles to date, the Ministry of Health says the epidemiological situation in the country for measles and rubella has deteriorated since the beginning of the year.
The first cases were reported in the first epidemiological week in Bishkek city and Chui regions, and, starting from the eighth epidemiological week, it has spread to Osh city and Osh region. Then it has spread to an additional 34 districts in 5 regions.
According to the International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), as of 21 August 2023, 2,743 suspected cases of measles and/or rubella were reported, from which 1,774 were classified as measles (945 laboratory confirmed cases, 323 clinically confirmed cases, and 506 are epidemiologically linked). Two measles deaths were reported (One (1) case was reported in Bishkek ( a three-year old child) and one (1) case in Chui region (a one-year old child). Both were unvaccinated.
Measles incidence per 1 million population for the period of May 2022 to April 2023 is 49.47 cases, which is the second highest in the WHO Europe region.
The country reported 11 cases of rubella in the period between May 2022 and April 2023, the fourth highest in the WHO Europe region during this period.
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