25…60 and 230, Measles cases increased 25 times in two months in Mumbai, 12 deaths

Measles cases are increasing very fast in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Within the last 2 months, more than 200 new cases have been found in the financial capital of the country. Seeing the situation getting worse, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also been alerted. BMC has started door-to-door awareness campaign to vaccinate children.

Measles cases are increasing rapidly in 7 areas of Mumbai. All these areas are in the slum area of ​​Mumbai. In this, Dharavi, Govandi, Kurla, Mahim, Bandra and Matunga have emerged as hotspots. To deal with this, BMC has set up 17 small vaccination centers in different areas of Mumbai. Along with this, health workers are running a door-to-door campaign to vaccinate children.

New cases of measles in Mumbai have raised the ears of the government because within the last two months its number has increased up to 25 times. While there were 25 measles cases in Mumbai till the month of September, 60 such cases were reported in the entire city in October. After this, more than 200 cases have been received in the last 2 months. According to BMC data, in the year 2022, 233 cases of measles have been reported in Mumbai so far. At the same time, 12 people have died due to this.

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The Center has decided to deploy three high-level multidisciplinary 3-member teams at Ranchi (Jharkhand), Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and Malappuram (Kerala). These teams will assist state health authorities in setting up public health measures. Actually, this disease is spreading rapidly among children.

According to the information, the central team going to Ranchi includes experts from National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RMLH), New Delhi. Experts from PHO, Mumbai, Kalavathi Saran Children Hospital (KSCH), New Delhi and Regional Office of Health and Family Welfare (RoHFW), Ahmedabad will join the central team going to Ahmedabad and RoHFW, Thiruvananthapuram, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical in Malappuram team Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry and Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), New Delhi.

What is measles?

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by measles virus. Actually, when this virus engulfs someone, then diseases like fever, rashes on the body, ear infection, diarrhea and pneumonia surround it. According to reports, the infection can last up to ten days. Many children have also died due to this serious disease.

4 crore innocent children in danger

A recent joint publication of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on measles has revealed that there has been a steady decline in measles vaccination coverage since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, around 40 million children worldwide will have missed a dose of the measles vaccine. 2.5 crore children did not take their first dose while 1.47 crore children missed their second dose. This decline in vaccines leaves millions of children vulnerable to infection.

90 lakh cases came in 2021

In 2021, there will be an estimated 9 million cases of measles and 128,000 deaths worldwide. 22 countries faced large and severe outbreaks. Decreased vaccine coverage, reduced measles surveillance, and interruptions and delays in vaccination due to COVID-19 as well as continued large outbreaks in 2022 mean measles is a threat in every region of the world Is.

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