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Centre asks affected states to give extra Measles vaccine shot to kids

The Centre has asked states to administer additional dose of Measles vaccines to all children in areas where there is a surge (Pic. Courtesy UNICEF Connect)

The Centre has asked states to consider administering an additional dose of Measles vaccines to all children, between the age of 9 months to 5 years, in areas where the disease has surged.

A rising numbers of measles cases have been reported from Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala and Maharashtra.

Mumbai and some other districts in Maharashtra have reported a rapid rise in infections and the death toll due to Measles has risen to 12 in the state.

The Union Health Ministry has also decided to rush three high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Ranchi (Jharkhand), Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and Malappuram (Kerala) to take stock of the surge in cases of Measles, according to an official statement issued today

The 3-member teams will assist the State Health Authorities in instituting public health measures and facilitate operationalisation of requisite control and containment measures, the statement explained.