Mumbai Reported Over 40 Cases of Measles

With the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administering Measles and Rubella vaccines in schools across the city, there has been a steady decline in an outbreak of measles but 40 cases have been reported since January.

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Measles is a contagious airborne disease which spreads among children by respiratory droplets produced from coughing and sneezing. The symptoms include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever and a red, blotchy skin rash. The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is used as a preventive measure. 

With the civic bodies administering Measles and Rubella vaccines in schools across the city, there has been a steady decline in an outbreak of measles but 40 cases have been reported since January. 

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The civic body had stated that there were 32 measle outbreaks in the city in 2018 whereas, this year, there were eight. It is considered to be an outbreak when more than five cases are reported in a close geographical area. 

As a part of the national campaign, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had covered eight wards in the city to provide MMR vaccination to kids in school. Children who are not vaccinated are always at risk as the disease can even be fatal with around eight cases of death reported in 2017-18. As part of the national mission to eliminate measles-rubella by 2020, the BMC had started a drive to immunise 29 lakh children. Till date over 90 per cent of children have been covered. 

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