Measles outbreak near Warsaw?
PR dla Zagranicy
Seventeen new measles cases have been registered in and around Warsaw and doctors are warning that the disease could spread, public broadcaster Polish Radio's IAR news agency reported on Saturday.
A rash on the skin of a measles sufferer. Photo: Centers for Disease Control/Dr. Heinz F. Eichenwald/Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
Physician Michał Sutkowski told public broadcaster TVP that measles patients' first symptoms include fever and coughing, urging people who suspect they could have the disease to see their doctor.
Meanwhile, Poland's health inspectorate said that measles infections were on the rise in Poland with nearly 130 cases of measles registered from the beginning of the year until mid-August.
There were 70 fewer cases in the same period a year earlier, the inspectorate added.
Most of the infections were contracted abroad or by unvaccinated people in Poland who came into contact with foreigners.
Measles can cause deadly complications, especially in children under five and adults over 20.
The health inspectorate has urged people to vaccinate children against measles, mumps and rubella, adding that the growing rate of measles infection is concerning, considering that Poland's measles vaccination is very effective. (vb)