Maharashtra: 2 confirmed cases of measles reported in Dhule city in past 10 days

Times of India | 5 days ago | 23-11-2022 | 10:32 am

Maharashtra: 2 confirmed cases of measles reported in Dhule city in past 10 days

NASHIK: Two confirmed cases of measles have been reported in Dhule city in the past 10 days, an official from the health department of the Dhule Municipal Corporation (DMC) informed on Tuesday. Dhule is the second urban area, after Malegaon town, in the North Maharashtra where new cases of measles have recently been reported. “However, unlike Malegaon, there is no outbreak of the disease in Dhule town,” a DMC official said. “The two confirmed cases have been reported in toddlers. Both are undergoing treatment at their homes and their condition is stable. The children had not taken the first dose of measles vaccine,” the official added. Meanwhile, Malegaon town has been affected by the outbreak of measles with 44 confirmed cases reported in the last 45 days. Most of these children were unvaccinated and have been cured. Also, blood samples of 53 children, who have measles-like symptoms, have been collected by the authorities and sent to the laboratories for confirmatory tests. While 27 samples are from Dhule city, 22 are from Malegaon town and the remaining four are from Nashik city. Deputy director of the state health department (Nashik region) Dr Kapil Aher said barring Malegaon there has not been an outbreak of the disease in any other part of the North Maharashtra. “The health officials have stepped up surveillance. Mop-up round of vaccination to cover children who might have missed their first or second doses of measles rubella vaccine is also being carried out,” he said. As a precautionary measure, the Nashik Municipal Corporation has set up two isolation wards at its Bytco and Zakir Hussain hospitals to provide treatment to measles patients. “We have made isolation wards with a capacity of 125 beds at Bytco , while Zakir Hussain hospital has 22 beds,” an NMC official said.

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