Almost 400 new measles cases have been confirmed in the last month in Romania, according to data from the National Center for Supervision and Control of Transmissible Diseases, quoted by News.ro.
This has brought the total number of confirmed measles cases in the country to more than 9,600 since the authorities officially announced the outbreak of this epidemic, at the end of September 2016.
Half of the new cases in the last month have been reported in Brasov county, and a high number of new cases were also reported in Cluj, Satu Mare and Harghita counties.
Overall, in the last two years, over 1,000 cases were confirmed in Timis county (1,228), Caras-Severin county (1,112), and Arad county (1,014), all in Western Romania.
Since the start of the measles epidemic, 34 people died in Romania because of the disease. Nine deaths were reported Timis county, six in Arad, seven in Dolj, three in Caras-Severin, and one in Bihor, Cluj, Calarasi, Neamt, Satu Mare, Vaslui, Galati, Mures, and Bucharest, each.
The disease has spread to 41 counties. Tulcea is the only county in Romania where no measles case has been officially recorded yet.
This July, the Romanian Ministry of Health started a vaccination campaign against measles with the involvement of local authorities, which have to identify the children who have not been vaccinated yet and the places where they will be immunized.