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Two measles Deaths in Switzerland

The measles have led to two deaths, as the Federal office for health (BAG). The first is a roughly 30-year-old man, who was not vaccinated. The second case is a 70-year-old cancer patient.

The first victim was in accordance with the been BAG members with measles. The man was revaccinated 67 hours after exposure. The measure, however, came too late. He fell ill still in the measles and died within a very short time. The exact cause of death is still being investigated.

In the second case, it is not known how the man with measles infected. He died a few days after the start of a measles-related pneumonia, despite intensive care in the hospital.

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83.9%

no, and it remains so.

13.4%

no, but I intend to get vaccinated.

2.8%

397 votes


About seven Times more than in the previous year

The BAG has observed a rise in measles cases Since the beginning of the year, 155 cases have been reported. Detailed data is presented to the BAG for the period of January to mid-April 2019. In Switzerland were recorded in this period, 138 measles cases, which are about seven times more than in the same period of the previous year (19 cases). The incidence has increased from 2.2 million (in 2018) to 16.2 (2019) cases per Million inhabitants. Of the 138 cases, 19 percent were isolated cases. The majority of the cases (56 percent) could be assigned to a specific outbreak. 30 percent of the cases could not be categorized.

In this period, 22 percent of the cases were younger than 10 years, 21 percent between 10 and 19 years, and 57 percent of 20-year-old or older. 91 percent of the 137 cases with known vaccination status were not or insufficiently vaccinated. 23 percent of the cases had to be hospitalized; 13 of the 138 cases, pneumonia was diagnosed in 2 cases of encephalitis.

The 13 so far in the year 2019 identified in outbreaks included the between 2 and 31 cases. They were part of a cross - border basis - in twelve different cantons. The largest outbreaks were found in the cantons of Geneva, St. Gallen, Zurich, Bern and neuchâtel.

Federal government recommends vaccination

in the light of these cases, the BAG recalls that the measles vaccination is recommended. It allows on the one hand, to protect themselves from the disease and the possibly related serious complications, such as pneumonia or encephalitis.

on the Other hand, a Sagittarius with a vaccination, other persons who can be for medical reasons not even vaccinated, such as infants, Pregnant women and immunosuppressed persons. Thus, the Transmission of the Virus in the population will be reduced.

The Situation was "fragile", writes the BAG. The measles-Elimination could only be respectively secured achieved when at least 95 percent of the children, as well as all those born after 1963, adults be vaccinated with two doses. In particular, the major outbreaks in the cantons of neuchâtel and Bern showed, however, that in addition to vaccination, additional measures are required to prevent the spread of measles.

the identification of the contact persons, the daycare and school exclusion of unvaccinated children and adolescents vaccination of the environment of the Diseased, as well as the post - Expo itionelle vaccination included, for example. In addition, all passengers will be informed in the same plane as a measles case, travel, exposure, and appropriate measures would need to. (red/sda)

Created: 02.05.2019, 18:00 clock

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