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Measles fear on a rise in Mumbai: 7 suspected deaths, 164 reported cases since September

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Mumbai, Nov 17: Seven suspected measles deaths and 164 cases of the viral infection have been reported in Mumbai since its outbreak in September, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said.

With 184 new cases having symptoms of fever and rashes on the body, the number of suspected measles cases in the city rose to 1,263, and 647 of these cases included children in the age group of 1 to 4 years, the BMC said in a release on Wednesday.

Measles fear on a rise in Mumbai: 7 suspected deaths, 164 reported cases since September

The number of patients admitted in hospitals due to measles infection rose to 80, it said, adding that 12 new patients were admitted on Wednesday. On Monday, a one-year-old boy died of measles.

The toddler from Null Bazar area, was undergoing treatment at the BMC-run Kasturba Hospital in Chinchpokli since last week, a civic official had said on Tuesday. The civic body in its bulletin said though the city witnessed seven suspected deaths due to measles infection, the exact reason behind their death will be confirmed only after a review committee gives its report.

The latest outbreak of measles is spread across eight civic wards in the city and the highest number of cases are from M-East ward, which includes Govandi and surrounding areas, it said. As per the release, the civic body has set up isolation wards for patients with mild and severe symptoms of measles in various hospitals.

Measles in Mumbai: Toddler dies, 126 children infected in 2022 so farMeasles in Mumbai: Toddler dies, 126 children infected in 2022 so far

The highest 83 beds are made available in the Kasturba Hospital, apart from five ventilators.

Civic officials have appealed to the parents to get children in the 9-16 age group vaccinated against the disease. In measles, the child gets fever, cold, cough and red rashes on the body. Complications from this disease can be serious in children who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, a BMC release earlier said. The Union Health Ministry last week said it has deputed a high-level multi-disciplinary team to Mumbai to take stock of the upsurge of measles cases in the city.

The team will assist the state health authorities in instituting public health measures and facilitate operationalisation of requisite control and containment measures, it had said.

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