Third child suspected of measles dies of the illness, Health Ministry confirms

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The Health Ministry has announced on Thursday that the Cantacuzino Institute has confirmed a third child suspected of measles has died of the illness.

“The Cantacuzino Institute on Thursday confirmed to the National Centre for Control of Infectious Diseases that a third child who died in the meantime tested highly positive for the measles virus. This means the cause of death was measles,” the ministry said.

In a press statement released on Wednesday, the Health Ministry was informing that 675 confirmed cases of measles had been reported in the first eight months of 2016 in 23 counties that left two children dead. A third death where measles was the suspected cause was recorded over the past days, but a final confirmation was expected.

“In the first eight months in Romania were recorded 675 confirmed cases of measles in 23 counties. Two children have died. A third death suspect of measles was recorded in last few days, but a final confirmation is awaited. As compared to 2015, the increase is more than alarming. Last year there were only 7 confirmed cases and no deaths from measles,” the press release from the Ministry of Health read.

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