The rate of measles in Ukraine in 2018 may be the highest in all years of independence. The Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health announced this, UNN reports.
"Since the beginning of 2018, 36,555 people have become sick with measles – 14,111 adults and 22,344 children." If the incidence rate remains at the same level, the number of measles patients by the end of the year may exceed the highest incidence observed in Ukraine since 1991 42,724 people in 2006), "the statement said. At the same time, in the center of the Ministry of Health, they added that there is no measles drug, and the only way to protect this disease is vaccination.
Most of the people got measles: in the Lviv region (7364 persons: 2164 adults and 5200 children), Ivano-Frankivsk (3612 people: 971 adults and 2,641 children), Transcarpathian (3459: 672 adults and 2787 children) : 1274 adults and 1276 children), Kiev (2408 people: 1491 adults and 917 children), Ternopil (2120 people: 773 adults and 1347 children).
Of the complications of measles since the beginning of the year, 15 people died in the country: 11 children and 4 adults. Physicians, however, experienced a slight decrease in the rate of spread of the disease. So, during the 44th week of 2018, 1246 people became sick with measles – 359 adults and 887 children. This is 5.5% less than in the previous week.
According to the report of the Ukrainian elections, the Ministry of Health was criticized for inactivity in the field of vaccination.