Measles became a threat after Corona! 2.5 crore children were not vaccinated during the Corona period
Measles is becoming a problem amidst the cases of Corona, Dengue, Chikungunya, and Malaria in the country. Several cases of measles have been reported in various government hospitals in Delhi. Vaccination of children is the only way to prevent measles, but during the Corona period, crores of children in the country can avoid it, due to which the cases of measles are increasing rapidly. An estimated 25 million children did not receive their first dose of the measles vaccine last year.
India has the second largest number of children in the world with 25 million children who have not received their first dose of measles vaccine in 2021, according to estimates released late on Wednesday by the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control. , Nigeria ranks first. A maximum of 3.1 crore children here have not got the measles vaccine.
At least four states have reported a sharp increase in measles infections and deaths over the past few weeks. At least 13 deaths and 3,695 suspected infections have been reported in Mumbai. Out of which 252 cases have been confirmed. Malappuram district of Kerala has reported 125 cases. The Center has sent teams to four states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Jharkhand and Gujarat.
According to experts, the basic reproduction number, or R-number (R0), of measles is 12 to 18, which means that one infected person can spread the infection to 12 to 18 other people. While measles can cause serious illness and require hospitalization even in healthy children, it can be especially dangerous for children who are illiterate and malnourished. About 1 to 3 out of every 1000 children who become infected die from respiratory or neurological disease.