Mumbai, 23rd November 2022: The measles outbreak in Mumbai has led to the death of a one-year-old boy and has infected 12 more individuals on Tuesday, taking the total cases to 220. According to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) health department bulletin, the number of suspected cases rose to 3,378 on Tuesday.
The Mint reported that the one-year-old boy was a resident of Nalasopara (East) in Palghar district and died in a government hospital while undergoing treatment. He was on the ventilator since Monday, but his condition only worsened.
The Mint further reported that cases of measles have been on the rise in the entire country. Reportedly, India has the highest number of cases between April and September this year.
The Maharashtra Health Minister, Dr Tanaji Sawant, held a meeting regarding the rise in cases. State Health Department officials, BMC officials, and World Health Organisation’s Dr Meeta Vashi and Dr Arun Gaikwad were present in the meeting.
The BMC has also been organising campaigns to increase awareness and a vaccination drive to improve immunity against measles.