Are current trends pointing towards a global resurgence of Measles?

7 Mar 2023 • In November 2022, the CDC and the World Health Organization said that there is now an imminent threat of measles spreading in various regions globally, as COVID-19 led to a steady decline in vaccination coverage and weakened surveillance of the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday(Mar 3) that it was issuing a health alert advisory to notify clinics and public health officials to be watchful after a case of measles was confirmed in an unvaccinated individual at a large gathering in Kentucky.

About 20,000 people who attended a large religious gathering in Kentucky last month may have been exposed to measles, and undervaccinated attendees should quarantine and monitor symptoms for 21 days as per the CDC.

Meanwhile, closer home in India -

  • Indore sees 47 cases of measles in the last 1 month, 83% patients unvaccinated
  • The affected individuals range from a six-month-old baby to a 19-year-old man, district immunisation officer Dr Tarun Gupta said.
  • In a rare case, a 30-year-old man from Dongargaon has tested positive for measles, which is predominantly seen in children. He is is said to have been vaccinated in childhood. Both Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and RT-PCR reports which came on 5th March, confirmed that he was positive for measles. According to NMC records, a measles case among adults is very rare.

The Central government of India has set a target to make the country measles-free by the end of this year.

Source: CNN, ET Health | Read full story

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