In the period from 24,08-.30,08.2019,, 5 cases of measles are reported, 4 From Strumica, 1 from Skopje. During this week,all cases are in the age group over 20 years. According to the vaccine status, one case is unvaccinated, two with unknown status, and 2 are vaccinated with 2 doses. The case from Skopje which is without vaccine status is laboratory confirmed.
In total, since the onset of the epidemic in December 2018 as of August 30, 2019, 1900 cases of measles have been registered in the Republic of North Macedonia with a disease rate of 91.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Due to the epidemiological criteria, a measles epidemic is ongoing on the entire territory of the Republic of North Macedonia.
According to the place of permanent living, measles cases are registered in 24 towns, with The highest number of cases in Skopje n=996, Struga (165.1/100 000 ).
The largest number of cases are from the age group over 30 years -853 (44.9%), and the highest incidence is registered in children under the age of 1 year, 1390.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.
According to the vaccine status, 1529 or 80.5% of diseased people are unvaccinated, incompletely vaccinated or with unknown vaccine status.
From the reported cases, 851 or 44.8% were hospitalized, and 303 (15.9%) had complications.
From the total cases of measles, 34.8% were laboratory confirmed, 36.5% were epidemiologically related, while 28.7% are clinical measles.
According to the results obtained from the samples sent to Luxembourg’s reference measles laboratory, the B3 Dublin genotype circulates in the country, which circulating also in the neighboring countries.
The total number of immunized people aged 14 years with MRP vaccine since the start of the epidemic in the republic is 36470.
From the beginning of the epidemic to present date, in the Centers for Public Health, a total of 6205 people have been vaccinated, of which more than 60% are health workers, students and pupils in secondary medical schools, the rest are persons over 14 years of age.