European Country Reports Severe Airborne Viral Infection Spread

On Tuesday, the Romanian Ministry of Health disclosed the outbreak of a measles epidemic across the country, with nearly 2,000 new cases reported in 29 out of 41 provinces.

According to officials, this initiative is expected to enhance vaccination rates among vulnerable children, consequently contributing to their overall well-being and health.

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The Ministry has identified children between the ages of 9 and 11 months, as well as those who have not completed their vaccination schedule, as the primary focus of the immunization campaign. Additionally, they have committed to conducting a comprehensive public awareness campaign to effectively address the ongoing crisis.

In an official statement, authorities expressed profound concern over the decrease in vaccination rates in Romania during the last ten years. It was reported that only 78% of eligible children received a single dose of the measles vaccine, while merely 62% received both required doses.

According to Health Minister Alexandro Ravila, a vaccination campaign with 95% coverage is considered sufficient to effectively manage the risk of disease outbreaks. He emphasized that measles vaccination is a part of the national immunization schedule for children, with the first dose typically administered when they reach one year of age. Additionally, in the event of a declared epidemic, young children can also be vaccinated to safeguard them from infection.

Measles, a severe viral infection transmitted through the air, poses significant harm to patients who develop complications. Its impact is particularly concerning for children, as highlighted by the World Health Organization.

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Vaccines have been available since the 1960s and are widely regarded as both safe and effective in preventing infections.

Measles typically starts with the onset of a mild to moderate fever, along with other symptoms including a persistent cough, cold, redness and irritation in the eyes, and a sore throat. After a couple of days, Koplik’s spots become visible, serving as the most noticeable indication of measles.

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