First it was malaria and diphtheria, now in Venezuela’s Bolivar state measles has reared it’s ugly head.

Image/Jim Goodson, M.P.H.
Image/Jim Goodson, M.P.H.

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), between the last week of August and the first of October, Bolivar State reported 570 cases of Measles, specifically in nine parishes of the Caroní municipality, of which 217 are fully confirmed.

In the month of September alone, 300 cases were reported in Caroní.

Endocrinologist and member of the Venezuelan Endocrinology and Metabolism Society, Marcos Lima Martínez said, “we have not seen the preventive measures to contain the outbreak of measles,” and explained that according to PAHO “76% of those affected in the state of Bolívar are children under 1 year of age”, so on the recommendation of international health organizations the call to the population that has children with more than six months without receiving the trivalent viral vaccine go to the nearest ambulatory for immunization.

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