The Ministry of Health pointed out that the number of measles cases was increasing this year, with 155 people infected.
Measles has killed two people in Switzerland since the beginning of the year, the Federal Office of Public Health announced Thursday, stressing the importance of vaccination to prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease.
The Ministry of Health pointed out that the number of measles cases was increasing this year, with 155 people infected, two of whom lost their lives.
A call for vaccination
A man in his thirties who had never been vaccinated before, died after being infected by relatives. He was vaccinated 67 hours after exposure to the virus. “But this post-exposure vaccination came too late: he still developed measles,” said the ministry, adding that he died at home, very soon after the onset of symptoms.
The second case concerns a septuagenarian whose immune system was weakened due to cancer. It is not known how he contracted measles. He died a few days after the outbreak of “measles pneumonia,” the ministry said.
The Ministry recalls that vaccination against measles is strongly recommended, noting that it protects not only the person who benefits from it, but also vulnerable people who can not be vaccinated for medical reasons by limiting the circulation of the virus in the population.