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Twelve children hospitalised with measles over holidays

The Kyiv health authority blames festive mass events.

Twelve children hospitalised with measles over holidays
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Since early 2018, more than a dozen patients with measles have been admitted to the Children's Infectious Disease Hospital, UNN reported on Tuesday, 9 January, citing the health department of the Kyiv city state administration.

"Since the beginning of the year, 16 children diagnosed with measles have been admitted to the Children's Hospital of Infectious Diseases," the health department told the agency.

The parents of one of the sick children said on Facebook said that the symptoms of the disease transpired after visiting the circus.

UPDATE. The head of the Kyiv city state administration's health department, Valentyna Hinzburg, said in an official comment that 12 children had been hospitalised since the beginning of the year in addition to two in December.

"It's easy to see that such an increase in the incidence is due to the fact that during the holidays, children attended various festive mass events, where, besides the good mood, they shared bacilli with one another. Unfortunately, medics are powerless here. This is the area of responsibility of parents who should take good care of the health of their offsprings and promptly respond in order to protect them and other children," said Hinzburg.

A measles outbreak of more than 2,000 cases was recorded in Ukraine in the autumn of 2017. According to the Health Ministry, it was a 70-fold incidence hike over the previous year.

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