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Govt: 40 kids killed, 10,000 affected by measles this year; Maharashtra worst hit | India News


NEW DELHI: At least 40 children in India have died this year from measles and around 10,000 children are affected by the disease, Bharati Grassroots Health Minister Pravin Pawar said. Congress recently to answer a question.
Pawar said Maharashtra has seen the highest number of measles cases (3,075) and 13 deaths from the disease, followed by Jharkhand, where 2,683 cases and eight deaths have been confirmed. Gujarat, Haryana, Bihar and Kerala have reported 1,650, 1,537, 1,276 and 196 cases respectively. The reported deaths in Gujarat, Haryana and Bihar are 9, 3 and 7 respectively.
Officials in Ministry of Health said some of the reported cases of illness and death were not laboratory-confirmed, but were included in the list because the patients’ clinical symptoms were similar to those of the sick and they were in residence. in areas with high disease burden.
Measles is an acute infectious disease caused by a virus. It is spread through coughing and sneezing. There is no specific treatment for measles; Only a vaccine can prevent the disease.
Last month, the Center advised the Maharashtra government to give an additional dose of measles and rubella-containing vaccine (MRCV) to all children aged nine months to five years in areas with high numbers of measles cases. recent increase in the state. . This dose will be added to the primary immunization schedule of the first dose at 9-12 months and the second dose at 16-24 months.
The government also recommends a single dose of MRCV for all children aged 6 to 9 months if the number of measles cases in the age group is less than 10% of the total number of cases in any given region.
“Since this dose of MRCV was given to this group under the ‘flare-responsive immunization’ regimen, these children should therefore receive the first and second doses of MRCV according to the primary measles and rubella vaccine schedule. copy,” a letter sent by P Ashok Babu, a general secretary in Union Ministry of Healthto the chief secretary (health) in the government of Maharashtra, stated.
According to the state health minister, an increase in measles cases was reported last month. “Noting the increase in cases from several districts and cities of Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Kerala, the Federal Ministry of Health has deployed multidisciplinary center groups consisting of public health experts to assess the situation and provide technical assistance to the states.” Pawar said in Lok Sabha.
She added that the focus groups deployed noted the need to further strengthen disease surveillance activities, increase vaccination with measles-containing vaccines, manage vaccine hesitancy through vaccination. through public awareness to cover all unvaccinated children, improving case management through timely detection.

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