MUMBAI: Despite 95% measles vaccination converge, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has recorded 31 cases of the disease this year. Last year, 23 such cases were reported in the city.
In 2017, the civic body recorded 23 cases of measles. An outbreak essentially means a minimum of five cases within a certain geographic area.
Dr Padmaja Keskar, BMC’S city health officer, said measles is a highly contagious viral disease that spreads through contact with an infected person’s mucus and saliva. Measles could leave the child malnourished and vulnerable to a host of other infections.
As per plan in Maharashtra, every child receives two vaccines—at nine months and 16 months—for protection against measles. In the private hospitals, a third vaccine is given to the child around four years and six months of age.
The aim of the Measles & Rubella Initiative is to eliminate measles by 2020. It is towards this goal that 21 states across the country undertook an extra measles and rubella vaccination drive.
Maharashtra state will begin the vaccination drive on November 27, 2018.