Death toll from measles in Mumbai rises to 12

Mumbai: A youngster who was only 8 months old became the latest victim of a measles outbreak that had been sweeping through Mumbai on Wednesday. The overall number of fatalities reached 12, and the total number of cases reached 233, according to the civic body of the city.

Maharashtra Health Minister Tanaji Sawant reviewed the situation arising out of the outbreak at a meeting in the state secretariat in south Mumbai on Tuesday. Along with state health department officials, municipal officials and World Health Organization’s Dr Meeta Vashi and Dr Arun Gaikwad were present at the meeting.

Besides Mumbai, Ranchi in Jharkhand, Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Malappuram in Kerala have also reported a surge in cases of measles among children. The Centre has sent expert teams to all these states.

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