Mumbai, 30th November 2022: The measles outbreak continues to wreak havoc in Mumbai. A total of 717 cases of measles have been reported in Maharashtra since the beginning of this year. Of these, 303 cases are from Mumbai alone.
The State Health Department has stated that 14 people have died so far due to this disease, which majorly affects children. As of 28 November, 10 have died due to measles in Mumbai alone.
Five new measles cases and one suspected death were reported in the city on Tuesday, the Mumbai Municipal Corporation said in a bulletin. Malegaon in Nashik district has reported 70 cases since January, while Bhiwandi near Mumbai has 48 cases.
The number of suspected cases in Mumbai since January 01 has been 11,390. According to official figures, the figure in the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 has been 1,337, 2,150 and 3,668 respectively. Of the 14 patients who died of measles this year, only one was vaccinated. Of these, four patients were in the age range of 0-11 months, eight were in the age range of 12-24 years, and two patients were in the age range of 25-60 years.
The number of women among the patients was six. The death toll is 10 in Mumbai, three in Bhiwandi, and one in Vasai-Virar, 14 in total. In the official release issued by the Health Department, it was said that amid increasing cases, a special vaccination campaign is being conducted and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is also regularly reviewing the situation.