Pakistan Sees Rise in Measles Cases
A shocking report showed how mortality rate due to measles is increasing in Pakistan. It has been confirmed in the report by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday that as compared to 64 deaths in 2011, there were 306 deaths in 2012, and even the number of affected ones was reported to be 14,687 in 2012 as compared to 3,890 in 2011.
"Data on suspected measles cases are reported by health facilities to the Disease Early Warning and Response System (DEWS)", said a WHO official, while make it clear that it is being done with the help of a standard case definition, according to which any person with fever and maculopapular rash and reporting any of the following symptoms- cough, coryza or conjunctivitis, or any person in whom a clinician suspects measles infection, would be declared as victim.
It has been said that during the period between January 1 and December 25, 2012, some 2,222 suspected measles alerts were reported to the DEWS teams, and they had to collect samples for laboratory confirmation followed by suitable response in the field. Out of all, some and 502 alerts were confirmed as outbreaks.
There has been a consistent rise in measles cases in March 2012 especially in the southern districts of Sindh, and later, it was seen from October onwards, reaching its peak in December.