10 month old baby, the 4th victim of measles in North Macedonia

10 month old baby, the 4th victim of measles in North Macedonia

 A 10 months baby from Skopje is the fourth victim of measles. The baby was not vaccinated with the measles vaccine, and besides the measles there was no other disease. The victim died yesterday afternoon at the Children's Clinic in Skopje after two weeks in hospitalization. For the time being, six other people with measles, children up to 4 years old are in serious conditions.

"The baby had a heavy pneumonia, bleeding in the brain. What I want to emphasize is that the measles is a very serious disease that causes more systemic illnesses. It is not an easy disease, it can attack all the organic systems, the respiratory system and the central nervous system, and unfortunately can bring even these serious clinical insights and, besides the great care, can end up with death", said Vladimir Mikić of the Institute of Public Health.

During the past week, 113 new cases of measles were recorded. 46 out of 110 confirmed cases with measles were registered in Skopje and 64 other cases outside Skopje. Meanwhile, the number of unvaccinated children remains high.

"In total, 19,926 children have to be vaccinated, of whom in Skopje are 2,900, while 16,000 are out of Skopje. A total of 22,930 children have been vaccinated since the beginning of the vaccination on the terrain. The largest number of them or 13,000 children are preschool age out of Skopje," said further Vladimir Mikic.

To achieve the collective immunity, more than 95% of the population should be vaccinated. The vaccination in schools continues, but authorities remain unsatisfied with the influx of students being vaccinated. By decision of the Government, children who are not vaccinated with the MRP vaccine can not be enrolled in nurseries and schools.
10 month old baby, the 4th victim of measles in North Macedonia 10 month old baby, the 4th victim of measles in North Macedonia Friday, May 03, 2019 Rating: 5
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