December 6, 2022
Mumbai Measles Cases

Between September and November 14, 99 of the total reported cases were registered. This is significantly more than the annual number of cases reported in Mumbai. According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) records, 29 and 10 incidents were filed in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

After laboratory confirmation from the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, the number of confirmed measles cases in Mumbai has risen to 126. This figure could climb further, as the city now has 908 suspected cases of measles.

Between September and November 14, 99 of the total reported cases were registered. This is significantly more than the annual number of cases reported in Mumbai. According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) records, 29 and 10 incidents were filed in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that primarily affects youngsters. It is one of the top causes of death and disability in children under the age of five. There is no specific therapy for measles, but there is a vaccine that is both safe and cost-effective in protecting against the disease.

At the moment, 61 suspected measles cases are being treated at the civic-run Kasturba Gandhi Hospital. Six of them are receiving oxygen therapy.

There are 31 children between the ages of 1-4 years, 15 between the ages of 5 and 9 years, five between the ages of 9 and 16 months, and three over the age of 15. There are also eight infants between the ages of 0 and 8 months. “We have also inquired with private hospitals about any patients with probable measles.” “We are submitting all of the samples to NIV for confirmation, which takes 4-5 days,” stated a BMC officer.

According to medical experts, it might take up to 7 to 14 days for a child to develop and display measles symptoms. Measles symptoms include a runny nose, watery eyes, high fever, and cough. Rashes may appear all over the child’s body.

Additionally, the youngster may have light sensitivity, swollen lymph nodes, headache, sore throat, pinkeye, and joint and muscle soreness. If a child exhibits any of these symptoms, they should be transported to the hospital right away.

Poorly nourished children are also in danger, particularly those with a weakened immune system and low vitamin A levels.

Getting immunized not only reduces your chances of catching the virus, but it also reduces the severity of the symptoms you might otherwise experience. If you are not immunized, you are significantly more likely to develop measles.

If you go to areas or countries where the disease is prevalent, your chances of catching measles increase. A person who is weak in vitamin A is not only more likely to get the sickness but also has more severe measles symptoms and consequences.

Children should receive the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, at an early age to help them acquire immunity. This is the only effective measles prevention method. MMR vaccinations should be administered between the ages of 12 and 15 months before commencing school.

Measles has no specific treatment; rather, its symptoms are handled with anti-fever medications, post-exposure measles vaccinations, vitamin A supplements, and antibiotics.

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