Measles outbreak due to low vaccination coverage.
World Health Organization (WHO) says Measles cases reached a 4-year record high in India yesterday.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) India has reported twelve thousand seven hundred seventy-seven cases of measles till November this year. It’s the highest number in four years.
Dr. Jeevan.K, General physician, Victoria Hospital says, “Nowadays more cases are coming up mainly because of lack of awareness about vaccination.”
Health officials say that young children are the most affected. Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. Measles rash appears 3 to 5 days after the first symptoms. Doctors say that young children are the most affected.
Dr. Rohit.D, Paediatrician, Rajarajeshwari Medical College and Hospital says, “Since there is no typical treatment for this case that’s why the awareness about vaccination is important because the infections is seen in the child from the age of 1 to 5 year”.
There is no treatment available but the disease is almost entirely preventable through vaccine. According to local health Officials, screening for the virus’ outbreak has already begun in the state.
Dr. Rajini, Deputy Director immunization at Directorate of health and family welfare services, says, “we have given direction to the district that thry have to do head count survey, name those children who have not received the doses. And they will be covered immediately.”
The local health officials suggest that there must be awareness about the vaccination on the measles to prevent further infection.