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A deadly measles outbreak is spreading like wildfire

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of a global measles outbreak and Mexico has no vaccines to protect more than 2 million children from a deadly disease.

The international agency reported that measles cases around the world have tripled. Between January and July 2019, 364,808 cases were recorded, up from 129,000 in the same period in the same period. This is the highest figure since 2006.

The most alarming cases on the planet have been recorded in countries plagued by war and misery, such as Congo, Madagascar, and Ukraine; in other nations, such as the United States, the cause of outbreaks has been the popularity of antivaccine groups that, for reasons of conscience, choose not to immunize their children, on the grounds that their effects are harmful and raise conspiracy theories between pharmaceutical companies and governments.

In Mexico, the cause is different: the bust off vaccines. The Mexican Association of Vacunology revealed that optimal vaccination coverages would have to be more than 94 percent, but since 2017, the first dose of the viral triple (measles, rubella, mumps or mumps), which applies to one-year-olds, had a 79 percent coverage; 62 per cent the second dose, which applies to six-year-olds.

There are no vaccines today. At the beginning of the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Ministry of Health denounced the Imperial Pharma Laboratories Group for breach of contract, since in 2018 it left 776 thousand children unprotected against measles, rubella, and mumps.

All right for that determined action against corruption, to take care of the people’s money and to demand that suppliers fully comply with contracts.

The problem is that the planning is not their forte, they took a new order. They allowed eight long months to acquire 3.8 million vaccines and these will arrive as of December.

The assistant secretary of health, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, acknowledged in a radio interview that “the maximum time given by the marketer, which is a public company Birmex, Biological and Reactivos of Mexico, is until December and that does so for the matter of contractual protection, at worst come as far as December.”

The United States, Brazil and Argentina today have the highest measles outbreaks of the past 25 years. Its geographical proximity to Mexico and its intense business relationship represent a focus of alertness; what about the phenomenon of Central American migrants, who use our country as a starting point for the American Union and are returned to our territory, while in the US they decide their legal status.

The perfect storm. We have a migration crisis, there is a global over-demand for the vaccine, few companies producing – that will give priority to countries that secure the purchase and offer the best prices – and Mexico is making a request in a timely way, with the flag of austerity.

The Ministry of Health reported that there have so far been seven cases of measles recorded in Mexico. The most recent is that of a minor in the state of Chihuahua. This is in addition to the two located in the State of Mexico and the many others of Quintana Roo: in San Luis Potosí and Nuevo León, you have one in each entity. Contagion can grow.

What are the Symptoms of Measles?

8 to 10 days after infection, the pre-stage begins with nonspecific flu-like symptoms such as moderate fever, runny nose, sore throat and dry cough, which can be very painful. In addition, fatigue, fatigue, headache and abdominal pain. 

How long does a measles disease take?

The first symptoms occur about 8 to 10 days after infection. It usually lasts 2 weeks until the onset of the typical rash . Sick people are contagious already about 3 to 5 days before the rash becomes visible. After the appearance of the rash one is still infectious for 4 days.

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