The incidence of measles in Russia increased by more than 1.5 times during the year. This is stated in the decision of the chief sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation Gennady Onishchenko.
According to the document, in the first seven months of 2011, the incidence of measles was 0.12 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which is 1.6 times more than the figure for the same period last year. In total, from January to July 2011, 170 cases of infection were registered in Russia.
The greatest number of cases (59 people) was found in Moscow. In the Astrakhan region 26 cases of measles were recorded, in the Krasnoyarsk and Stavropol Territories - respectively 20 and 17 cases, in the Tomsk region - 14 cases. Children accounted for less than a quarter of all cases. At the same time, more than half of the adults infected with measles were not vaccinated against the infection.
The decision of Onishchenko also reported on the increase in the number of import cases of measles. In particular, for the first half of 2011, there were 33 such cases, and for the whole of 2010 - only 28 cases. Eleven cases of measles come from France, nine more from Uzbekistan. In addition, the infection in Russia was imported from England, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, India, Indonesia, China and Spain.
In addition, the Chief Medical Officer draws attention to the fact that in 2011, less than a third of Russians aged between 18 and 35 years were vaccinated against measles. In eight regions, this figure does not exceed 10 percent, and in 12, vaccination has not yet been performed.
Onishchenko instructed the heads of the regional directorates of Rospotrebnadzor to provide vaccination for at least 95 percent of the population of Russian regions. In addition, the regions are instructed to provide data on vaccinations necessary for the preparation of documents in connection with the certification of Russia as a territory free from measles.