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Preventive measures taken to contain measles spread

Update: February, 17/2014 - 09:03
According to the department, 993 cases have been recorded in 24 provinces and cities so far this year, including one in Ha Noi and two in northern Yen Bai Province in which the deaths took place.— Photo vietnamnet

HA NOI (VNS)— The Department of Preventive Medicine launched preventive measures last Saturday against measles that has claimed the lives of three children in the country this year.

At an online-meeting participated by preventive medicine representatives from all parts of the country, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long confirmed that if preventive measures are fully applied, the outbreak of the disease will be contained in two months.

He asked the local authorities nationwide to strictly supervise the spread of the disease and promptly deal with those afflicted by it.

Provinces and cities, where measles outbreak has been noticed, were requested to carry out vaccinations for all those children under the age of two years who have not been fully vaccinated against the disease earlier.

The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology was asked to ensure availability of sufficient quantities of medicine and vaccines for such a campaign.

According to the department, 993 cases have been recorded in 24 provinces and cities so far this year, including one in Ha Noi and two in northern Yen Bai Province in which the deaths took place.

The disease has developed into a small-scale outbreak mainly in northern mountainous provinces, Ha Noi and HCM City.

Most of children who have been afflicted are under ten years of age and had not been administered proper vaccination.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children. The disease, which is caused by a virus in the paramyxovirus family, results in about 330 deaths every day and 14 deaths every hour.

Measles vaccination led to a 78 per cent drop in deaths between 2000 and 2012 worldwide, the organisation pointed out.

Since 2000, more than one billion children in high risk countries were immunised against the disease through mass vaccination. — VNS

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