Chisinau, 19 Nov. / MOLDPRES /. During the month of November, specialists from the National Agency for Public Health (ANSP) confirmed 14 new cases of measles in the Soroca district, the MOLDPRES informs.
Asked by the agency, the head of ANSP's Information and Communication Service, Olesea Croitor, said all the patients registered in November were relatives or contacted the people who had done the previous illness.
Since the beginning of this year, there have been 326 confirmed cases of measles. A significant increase in the number of illnesses was confirmed in August, with 239 confirmed cases reported. At the same time, during October there were nine cases of this disease.
The territories affected by measles from August 1 to present are: Ceadâr-Lunga – 164 cases, Vulcanesti – 35, Drochia – 21, Soroca – 21, Ungheni – 20, Chisinau – 16, Taraclia – 12, Cahul and Cantemir – 10 cases, Ocnita – seven cases, Nisporeni – four cases, Glodeni – three cases, Hânceşti, Râşcani and Tiraspol – one case.
There is also a Yellow Code on the risk of measles spreading throughout the country.
In the last ten years, the rate of immunization in the Republic of Moldova was 95 percent, and now it is up to 87 percent. Mustache outbreaks also exist in neighboring Ukraine and Romania.
Epidemiologists remind the population that measles is a highly contagious disease and is spreading rapidly. The first sign of infection is high fever, which lasts for 1-7 days. Generalized eruptions occur 3-4 days after the onset of fever. Pneumonia is the most common cause of death in measles.
Rujeola can only be prevented by vaccination. In the Republic of Moldova, the vaccination is carried out with a combination vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (ROR) at one year, 6-7 years, 14-15 years of age. Vaccination is free for all eligible persons.