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Mumbai: Seven new measles patients detected, one suspected death, total cases rise to 447

There is no specific treatment for measles infection; only preventive measures like vaccines can be taken to stay protected.

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Mumbai Published on: December 09, 2022 23:32 IST
Cases of measles on rise in Mumbai
Image Source : REPRESENTATIVE PIC Cases of measles on rise in Mumbai

Measles continues to spread in Mumbai as the city reported seven new cases of the infection in the last 24 hours. A four-year-old unimmunised girl from Kurla area in Mumbai died of suspected measles on Friday. 

The number of measles cases in the metropolis rose to 447, while the tally of suspected deaths increased to four, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official said.

The number of deaths where the cause has been confirmed as measles stood unchanged at eight, he added.

"The 4-year-old child was admitted in hospital on December 6 and died on Friday morning. The cause of death was refractory metabolic acidosis with acute gastroenteritis with measles with bronchopneumonia in a case of severe acute malnutrition," the BMC's bulletin informed.

It added that of the 2,24,130 children in the 9-month to five-years age group, a total 26,721 children were given additional doses of Measles-Rubella special dose.

Out of the 4,745 children in the 6-month to 9-month segment, a total of 953 children were given 'zero dose' of the MR vaccine, the civic release added.

As many as 38 children were admitted in city hospitals during the day, of which 29 were discharged, it said.

The number of measles cases in Maharashtra stood at 940 as on December 8, while the death toll was 17, as per the state health department's report.

What doctor says 

Dr. Yogesh Kumar Gupta, consultant-pediatrics at Fortis Hospital reveals that in our country, in the immunization schedule, three doses are given which are MMR at 9 months, 15-16 months and 4-5 years. He also explains that it is NOT necessary that only children get measles. Adults can also get the disease with the varied presentation if they are not vaccinated or they didn't have any natural immunity after natural infection. Though the risk is less, they can get infected.

Also Read: If you've already had measles once, can you get it again? Know the truth

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