Measles Outbreak in Mumbai - The Hindu - 28/11/22
One of the biggest fallouts of the pandemic globally has been the low routine immunisation coverage of children. Asper WHO data ,nearly 40 million children globally had missed a measles vaccine dose last year. As a result, there were an estimated nine million measles cases and 1,28,000 deaths in 2021.
Measles or as it is called ‘khasra’, is a highly contagious viral disease which affects mostly children.
It is one of the leading causes of death and disability among young children. There is no specific treatment for measles but there is a vaccine to stay protected from the disease, which is both safe as well as cost effective.
-Symptoms appear around 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
-The main symptoms are fever, dry cough, running nose, sore throat and rash.
-The rashes look like small red spots which remain slightly raised and give the skin a splotchy red appearance.
-The face of the rash breaks out first. Within days, it spreads to the rest of the body.