Measles outbreak kills 11 in Ukraine this year

June 12, 2018

Eleven people, including seven children, have died of measles in Ukraine this year after an outbreak in the war-scarred nation and adjoining Romania, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

More than 20,500 people, including 12,200 children, have contracted the potentially dangerous illness since the start of the year, it said.

Two fatalities were recorded this month, taking the number of deaths in 2018 to 11.

The highly contagious viral disease, characterised by high fever and small red spots, usually triggers only mild symptoms, but remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends two doses of , starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months, to achieve high levels of immunity and prevent outbreaks.

The WHO recommends a 95-percent vaccination rate to prevent mass hospitalisations and fatalities.

But in Ukraine just 42 percent of one-year-olds had been vaccinated by the end of 2016, making it the world's third-worst performing country after South Sudan and Equatorial Guinea, according to the United Nations children's agency UNICEF.

The latest outbreak, which began last summer, has prompted calls for mass vaccinations and for schools to turn away pupils who have not been vaccinated.

Ukrainian authorities and international organisations blame the outbreak on a lengthy hiatus in immunisations.

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