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Mumbai measles: India outbreak claims 12 children

Mumbai measles: India outbreak claims 12 children

International Desk

Measles has killed 12 children in the western Indian city of Mumbai and surrounding areas, authorities say.

The first death was reported around 26-27 October when three children died within 48 hours.

The city had 233 confirmed cases this year until Wednesday - a three-fold jump from the 92 cases and two deaths reported last year. Authorities say a sluggish vaccination drive amid the Covid pandemic has contributed to the spike in infections.

The latest reported death, on Tuesday, was of an eight-month-old baby who was partially immunised, the local municipal body said in a press note.

Measles is highly contagious - even more than Covid - and can cause serious complications, especially in children less than five years.

The disease, which causes coughing, rashes and fever, can be prevented by two doses of the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

There have been several large outbreaks in countries across Europe where MMR vaccine uptake has been low.

Nine in every 10 people can catch it if they are unvaccinated and exposed.
As well as causing a distinctive rash, measles can lead to severe complications such as pneumonia and brain inflammation, and can sometimes be fatal.

Vaccination can remove almost all of these risks.

Two doses of the MMR vaccine give 99% protection against measles and rubella and about 88% protection against mumps.

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