206 health brigades are vaccinating children in Callao and Puno.
The Ministries of Health of Peru and Bolivia joined efforts to prevent a possible relapse of measles. Health brigades from both countries went through the border towns and proceeded to vaccinate all children under 5 years of age who had not been immunized from the disease.
La República said that the information was confirmed by the Director of the National Center of Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases (CDC) of the Ministry of Health in Peru, Minsa, Luis Suárez Ognio.
The Director revealed that the epidemiological alert decreed in the border area will remain in effect, until eliminating any risk of a measles proliferation, which is a very contagious disease.
Measles is a virus that lives in the mucus of your nose and throat and spreads through the air and by coming into direct contact with someone who has it, as it is explained in WebMD.
“The virus can stay active on surfaces and in the air for up to 2 hours.”, the website says, adding that if you haven’t been vaccinated against it and you happen to be in the same room with someone who has measles, you have 90% chance of getting it.
Suárez Ognio reported that 206 health brigades are vaccinating intensively children in Callao and Puno.