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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Macedonia declares measles epidemic

Article from Balita, excerpt :

" The Macedonian Health Ministry on Tuesday declared an epidemic of measles, with 678 cases of the infectious disease reported in the Balkan country.

Health Minister Bujar Osmani urged citizens who have not yet been vaccinated for measles to do so immediately, and stressed the importance of vaccinations for the most vulnerable group of children — those under the age of five.

Nonetheless, Osmani said there was no need for alarm. "Fear or panic should not be created … Daily movement of citizens will continue without limitations," said Osmani, adding that Macedonia has a extremely high rate of vaccination of "almost 100 percent."

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