Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Measles Control in Krasnoyarsk

Nine cases of confirmed measles have been indentified in Krasnoyarsk in 2011. However, widespread epidemic measles was avoided because of a high vaccination coverage of children and middle aged adults (95%).

However, the coverage in the migrant population is low in comparison at less than 53% of the population. This demonstrates a way that social class and other barriers to vaccination can pose threats to larger public health goals. Public health officials have been using the recent outbreak to increase awareness and raise the vaccination levels specifically among this immigrant population.
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Krasnoyarsk is a city in Russia located on the Yenisey River in Siberia. Krasnoyarsk is also an important stop along the Trans-Siberian Railway. Because of its economy, it is likely to attract immigrant populations that pose a threat to any eradication efforts. Despite the efficacious and inexpensive vaccine, many migrants do not get vaccinated. Targeting these mobile and high risk populations might be the next step in the eradication effort for measles.

-Lauren Platt

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