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They report 196 cases of measles in Mexico; they call to go to get vaccinated

Mexican health authorities asked the population on Monday not to forget to get vaccinated against measles, since in the current outbreak of this disease in the country there are 196 infected people, 80% of them unvaccinated.

Santa Elizabeth Ceballos, director of the Epidemiological Surveillance of Communicable Diseases, recalled that measles was no longer an endemic disease in Mexico, and stressed that this pathology is much more contagious than the coronavirus, since if a person with COVID-19 can infect as Average to 2 or 3 people, one with measles can transmit it to between 12 and 18. Hence the importance of vaccinating children or checking if adults are vaccinated.

The measles outbreak emerged on February 28, almost in parallel with the detection of COVID-19 cases in the country.

“There is a vaccine in all states” and it is free, emphasized Miriam Veras Godoy, general director of the National Center for Childhood and Adolescence Health, who asked the inhabitants for their collaboration to block the transmission of this disease.

Both experts made these comments during the daily press conference in which the data on the COVID-19 pandemic were updated, which has left more than 671,000 people infected and at least 71,049 dead in Mexico.

The Undersecretary of Health Hugo López-Gatell, spokesman for the federal government for the pandemic, urged Mexicans to respect prevention measures to avoid coronavirus infections during the Independence Day celebrations, which begin Tuesday night, because it considers that there is a “high risk” that society will forget at this time the importance of maintaining a healthy distance and other precautions