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No measles epidemic in Ukraine, just occasional outbreaks, - Health Ministry

No measles epidemic in Ukraine, just occasional outbreaks, - Health Ministry

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There is no epidemic of the measles
in Ukraine but the occasional outbreaks are observed. Viktor Liashko, the First Deputy Director-General of Public Health Center claimed this as Ukrinform reported.
"We do not call the situation with the spread of the measles in Ukraine epidemic. These are outbreaks, as we spot the increase of the incidence. We have the unstable epidemic situation toward the measles but it is a predicted five-year cyclical growth of the measles' incidence. All epidemiologists of Ukraine warned about this: if Ukrainians are not vaccinated, the cyclical outbreaks will grow and cover the population more and more," Liashko noted.

According to him, 2017 became the first year in the decade, when they succeeded to cover 90% of the children under a year by the MMR vaccine and 93% of the children under six years by the re-vaccination. Before this, since 2008, the index of the cover by the vaccine did not surpass 90%.
He noted that this year a positive dynamics of the MMR vaccination among the planned immunization is observed.
"However, the Ukrainians continue to get sick with measles: not vaccinated children also have begun to get ill as well as the adults. Ukraine is a leader in the European region concerning the spread of the measles. If there are no changes in cover of vaccination in our country, it is a threat for the country as diphtheria and poliomyelitis can be next after the measles," he noted.

Viktor Liashko added that the Health Ministry assume the decisive measures for the deterrence of the spread of the measles.
"The three-years planning is implemented, which will allow us to place the order for three years beforehand, plan the supplies and solve the issues of the presence of the vaccines at the vaccination rooms. Also, it allowed us to vaccinate with the remnants of the vaccines bought last year, adults who were in the contact with the ill-people and groups of risks," he noted.
Liashko emphasized that necessary management decisions were made, "the talks with people to make the necessary vaccinations left".

Earlier Moldova imposed the “orange” threat level on the results of the session of the national emergency commission for public health. It is noted that the most of the cases were spotted in the southern regions of Moldova.
Also, the European Health Security Agency reported that Ukraine was the third in Europe on the number of people infected with measles in 2017. The leaders are Romania and Italy.
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