Health

Measles cases soar across Hanoi

There have been 242 measles cases in Hanoi since the beginning of the year, said Director of the city Department of Health Nguyen Nhat Cam on July 23.

This year, measles cases in Hanoi increased four times compared to last year with 60 cases, Mr. Cam added.
Through monitoring, outbreaks have seen in 139 communes in 29 district of Hanoi; mostly in districts Bac Tu Liem, Nam Tu Liem, Ha Dong, Hoang Mai and Dong Da.
Many of infected children are younger than 5 years old and the group of babies under one has the highest rate. Noticeably, unvaccinated children or not fully vaccinated kids will get the disease.
Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus. The cough or sneeze of an infected person is the primary way in which measles is spread. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days.
An infant under 18 months will be high risk if he is not fully vaccinated, said Dr. Cam.
Following the rise of measles infection cases in Hanoi unpredictably, medical experts warned vaccination is still effective measures against the disease; accordingly, parents should take infirmaries for vaccination.

By staff writer - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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