Measles Epidemic Grows in Macedonian Municipality

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The Macedonian Institute for Public Health announced on Friday that another three cases of measles have been confirmed in the municipality of Gazi Baba, where an epidemic was already declared on September 23.

The total number of reported cases in the municipality is now eight, with all patients being children between the ages of three and five, except for one adult patient, aged 27. None of the affected patients were previously inoculated against measles, although vaccination is compulsory in Macedonia.

All eight patients have been hospitalized, in the hopes of preventing further spreading of the virus in Macedonia’s easternmost municipality, with a population of just over 72,000.

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