Update: 8-month baby, 10yo child die of measles, death toll climbs to 40

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The National Public Health Institute has announced on Friday that other two deaths due to measles have been confirmed: a eight-month baby and a ten-year-old child, both from Bacau. They hadn’t been vaccinated against measles. The death toll rises to 40.

The 8-month baby could not be vaccinated, as the vaccine against measles is taken at the age of one.

Other 123 measles case have been reported in the past week, most of them in Prahova county (43) and Bacau (28). There are over 11,000 measles cases countrywide.

Out of the total number of cases registered since the measles outbreak, most of them have been reported at children aged from 1 to 4 (over 4,000 people).

A month ago, Health minister Sorin Pintea explained that about 20,000 parents refuse to vaccinate their children on a monthly basis.

Measles cases are significantly growing. We have had 64 new cases in the past month. Things will have a negative trend from this perspective. I don’t think we can wait anymore. We must have a pro-vaccination campaign, producers will have to launch campaign to say vaccination is beneficial and that vaccines have no negative effects,” Health minister said in February.

The vaccination draft law is pending at the Chamber of Deputies at the moment.

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