Six more cases of measles confirmed in Latvia

Six more cases of measles were confirmed in Latvia which leads to 11 confirmed cases in total, said Riga Austrumi (Eastern) Clinical University Hospital representative Velga Kuse.

As reported, at the end of last year the Center for Disease Prevention and Control reported on several cases of measles in Latvia.

Kuse said that, considering the long incubation period of the disease, more cases are possible during the present outbreak.

As reported, this was the first outbreak of measles in Latvia in the past three years.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) at the end of 2017 reported on 13,726 cases of measles registered between November 2016 until October 31, 2017, in the EU and EEA. The majority of cases were registered in Romania (5,605), Italy (4,973) and Germany (952).

According to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s estimates, around 95 percent of Latvia’s population might be immune to measles - those born in the 1960s have probably had the infection as children and younger people have received one or two jabs against measles.

The influenza season is likewise in full swing in the country. Likewise, an outbreak of salmonellosis took place at one of Riga's schools, with 56 children falling ill within the past few weeks. 

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