By Robert Herriman  @bactiman63

In 2018, Ukraine health officials reported some 54,000 measles cases and before the end of May 2019, the number has nearly been reached.


According to the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine during the past week, an additional 1483 cases were reported. This brings the total through May 23 to 50,749 cases. 17 deaths have been recorded.

From May 17 to May 23, the most recent cases of measles were registered in the Kharkiv region (291 patients: 179 adults and 112 children), Kyiv (128: 70 adults and 58 children), Khmelnytsky (124 patients: 39 adults and 85 children), Kyivska (107: 52 adults and 55 children) and Ternopil oblasts (103: 34 adults and 69 children).

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The Ministry of Health of Ukraine canceled the age limits for free measles vaccination. Adults of any age may now also be vaccinated free of charge from measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. You can also vaccinate infants aged 6 months, for which measles are particularly dangerous.