Brazilian authorities have warned the public on Sunday, July 12, that measles cases are rapidly growing in the country amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Thus far in 2020, 4958 measles cases have been confirmed, which is 34 times the number of cases registered around the same period in 2019, and represents an increase of 3491 percent. While vaccines are available free of charge by the SUS (Unified Health System), the population has reportedly been concerned about visiting health centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the vaccination coverage of one-year-olds stands at 57 percent in 2020, compared to 91 percent in 2019, health authorities are urging parents to ensure their children's vaccination is up to date.
Separately, officials also reported on Sunday a rise in yellow fever cases as 881 suspected cases were reported between July 2019 and May 2020.
Further spread of measles and yellow fever is possible over the coming weeks.
Individuals in Brazil are advised to ensure their measles and yellow fever vaccination is up to date (including booster shots) and to contact their doctor with any questions or concerns. Those experiencing measles or yellow fever symptoms are urged to seek immediate medical attention.
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