By News Desk  @bactiman63

1,310 people – 643 adults and 667 children- were reported infected with measles last week in Ukraine, according to Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health.

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This brings the total measles cases for the first five months of 2019 to 52,034, including 17 deaths. In all of 2018, Ukraine saw 54,000 measles cases.

In the past week, the Kharkiv region, Kyiv, Kiev, Khmelnytsky and Ternopil regions reported the most cases.

Since the summer of 2017, more than 100,000 people were infected, of which 38 died of measles.

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Health officials say all regions are provided with MMR vaccines (against measles, mumps and rubella) from Belgium and the United States: as of May 30, there were 824,521 doses in Ukraine.

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine together with local authorities continues special measures to stop the outbreak of measles in the country. A “special operation” to raise the level of vaccination and overcoming the outbreak has already taken place in the Lviv, Vinnytsia and Khmelnytsky regions.