Ecuador: Measles case reported in Ibarra, Vaccination campaign activated


by NewsDesk Lord, save her

The Ecuadorean Ministry of Public Health (MSP) started a measles vaccination campaign for boys and girls between the ages of six months and 11 years, in Ibarra (Impapura) on Saturday. This measure was transferred on Monday, November 21, 2022, to the educational institutions of the city, after the identification of a case of measles in that city in the northern Sierra of the country.

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On Friday, November 18, 2022, an eight-month-old patient was identified with measles. He is in home isolation and has not had any complications. Epidemiological fencing was carried out on more than 150 contacts, as two suspected cases were identified after negative analysis. In addition, 330 homes surrounding the patient’s residence were visited for compliance with the vaccination process.

Francisco Pérez, MSP’s National Undersecretary for Monitoring, explained that Ecuador is a country with certification of measles elimination. This means that vigilance is maintained and a regular vaccination schedule is promoted. “Thanks to the monitoring processes we can determine if there are suspected cases or not. Take samples and send them to the National Institute for Public Health Research (INSPI) for analysis immediately.

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Perez also stated that the booster will be applied to children who have the full scheme or the vaccine will be instituted to complete said scheme. “Depending on development, the measures could be scaled up to two or three more sites. Vaccines are safe, they are the best invention after clean water, and they have saved millions of lives.”

The Ministry of Public Health urges parents, especially those from Ibarra, to go to health centers to comply with the usual vaccination schedule and thus prevent the spread of the virus.

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