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Mexico Reports First Measles Death in Four Years

by VR Sreeraman on  July 23, 2011 at 3:07 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Following the death of a French baby girl due to measles, the first in four years, Mexico stepped up a vaccination campaign against the disease.
 Mexico Reports First Measles Death in Four Years
Mexico Reports First Measles Death in Four Years
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"There's no need for alarm, but we're asking for cooperation from everybody, particularly those who have not been vaccinated," Health Minister Jose Angel Cordoba told Televisa television Friday.

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The 18-month-old girl showed symptoms of the disease, including fever and a cough, five days after arriving in Mexico on July 10 from France.

The Mexico City neighborhood where she was staying was placed on a health watch this week while vaccination booths for the highly-contagious disease appeared at the international airport Friday.

"Everyone under 39 who has not had measles must be vaccinated as well as children under 12 who have not had a first vaccination," Cordoba said.

The last indigenous case of measles in Mexico was detected 14 years ago and the last case from a foreign country was in 2007, he added.

Source: AFP
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