Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) has made such a disclosure about measles, which has increased everyone’s concern. According to WHO, one measles patient can infect 18 other people. The United Nations health agency said that the outbreak of the virus was very serious last year as well.
WHO said, in 2021, there will be an estimated 9 million cases and 128 000 deaths from measles worldwide. Twenty-two countries have been seriously affected by measles, including India.
According to the UN health agency, measles cases are on the rise due to “lack of vaccination” and poor surveillance. In 2021, a record high of nearly 40 million children will miss a dose of the measles vaccine. In addition, 25 million children missed their first dose and an additional 14.7 million children missed their second dose.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “It is absolutely critical to get vaccination programs back on track. Behind every figure in this report is a child at risk of the disease.”
What is measles and its symptoms
Measles is an infectious disease occurring in childhood. In this, children get fever, runny nose and red rashes on the face. Efforts are being made to eliminate measles or measles through vaccine, yet children are getting infected by it. If measles is not treated on time, it can also lead to death.
If a child has measles, then after 8 days of infection, it can infect another child. By this time, rashes are not visible in the previously infected child. Despite this, measles can be transmitted from this child to another child.
Be sure to get the child vaccinated against measles. If measles infection has increased at some place, isolate your child. If there is a symptom of measles in the child, then definitely go to the doctor. Especially when the children around you are getting this disease.