Last summer, Slovakian health officials reported on a measles outbreak in the eastern town of  Drahňov in Michalovce District in the Kosice Region.

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Yesterday, the Public Health Service of the Slovak Republic reported (computer translated) on a measles epidemic in Trebišov district, also in the eastern part of the country.

Since September 2018, 105 measles cases have been reported in the towns of Trebišov and Sečovce, in villages Parchovany, Hrčeľ, Veľká Tŕňa, Kravany, Zemplínska Teplica, Bačkov and Zemplínska Nová Ves.

Health officials report a large number of the cases are reported in children less than 15 months of age since they have yet to have been vaccinated.

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“The Regional Public Health Authority in Trebišov has taken several steps to prevent the development and spread of the disease,” said Daša Račková, spokesperson for the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic.

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The steps include medical supervision and the extraordinary vaccination against measles of children under 15 months of age residing in Trebišov and also children younger than 11 years residing in Veľká Tŕňa.

The Regional Public Health Office, based in Trebišov, is constantly monitoring the incidence of measles diseases and conducting epidemiological surveillance.