Number of measles cases rises to 14 in Portugal

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The number of measles cases has risen to 14 in Portugal, data from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) revealed today, according to which there are still three cases under investigation.

Compared to the latest figures released on February 29, two more cases were recorded.

According to data from Epidemiological Bulletin No. 1 – Measles Epidemic Activity in Portugal 2024, between January 1 and March 3, 2024, 14 cases were confirmed, out of a total of 94 suspected cases reported, and three cases are under investigation.

“There were between one and three confirmed cases a week, mainly between the ages of 10 and 29, in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley, North and Madeira regions,” said the DGS.

According to the health authority, most of the cases had no evidence of measles vaccination.

Four of the cases required hospitalization and no deaths were recorded.

The majority of cases (7) were registered in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, followed by the North (6) and the Autonomous Region of Madeira (1).

The first of the confirmed cases was a 20-month-old baby who was not resident in Portugal and had not been vaccinated.

The DGS warns of the importance of vaccination against measles in accordance with the National Vaccination Program, which recommends two doses for children and adults born after 1970.

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