Measles threat to the world, 40 million children not vaccinated in 2021, WHO warns
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that measles is a major threat to the world. WHO and CDS said that there has been a significant decrease in measles vaccination since the corona pandemic. Due to which four crore children could not get measles vaccine last year. Both organizations said there has also been a decline in surveillance of the disease.
“Measles is now at risk of spreading to different regions around the world because of the continued decline in vaccination coverage and disease surveillance due to the coronavirus,” WHO and the CDC said in a joint report. Measles is one of the most contagious human viruses. , It is almost completely preventable by vaccination.
40 million children have not received the measles vaccine in 2021
The WHO stated that 95 percent vaccine coverage is needed to prevent measles outbreaks. According to the joint report of WHO and CDC, in the year 2021, four crore children could not get measles vaccine due to corona. According to the report, millions of children were infected with the world’s most contagious disease. Last year, 90 million children were infected with this disease. At the same time, 1,28,000 deaths have taken place due to measles.
Measles vaccine is 97 percent effective in preventing death
The WHO and CDC report that more than 95 percent of measles deaths occur in developing countries. The death toll from this disease is high in Africa and Asia. There is no specific treatment for measles, but two doses of the vaccine are able to prevent the disease. The vaccine is about 97 percent effective in preventing death.
In July, the United Nations said 25 million children missed out on routine vaccinations against diphtheria among many other diseases, largely because the coronavirus pandemic disrupted routine health services or spread misinformation about vaccines.
Measles outbreak in India too, 12 dead in Mumbai so far
Measles has created a stir in Mumbai. Here an eight-month-old child died of this disease. Also, the number of children who died of this disease has increased to 12. At the same time, officials said that 13 new cases of measles have been reported in Mumbai. With this, the total number of infected has increased to 233 this year. In addition, three cities in Jharkhand, Gujarat and Kerala have seen an increase in measles cases among children namely Ranchi, Ahmedabad and Malappuram respectively. The central government has deployed high level teams to assess and manage it.