Ukrainian health officials reported an additional 2,235 measles cases in the past week, bringing the outbreak total for 2019 to 28,686.

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

The country saw more than 54,000 cases in all of 2018.

Since the beginning of the year, ten people have died from the complications of the measles.

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Through Mar. 8, 12,799 adults and 15,877 children suffered from measles in Ukraine. Lviv, Vinnytsia, Rivne,  Khmelnytsky, and Kyiv remain the areas with the most cases.

Measles is a virus that causes fever and a rash. It is highly contagious and anyone who is not vaccinated against the virus can get it at any age.

Measles is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. A person will start being contagious four days before a rash appears. They will stop being contagious four days after the rash appears.

The virus remains active and contagious on surfaces for up to two hours.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles. Anyone who has received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine is highly unlikely to get measles.