In Serbia and Kosovo municipalities with dominantly Serb population 4,538 people have contracted measles since last year and 13 of them died due to complications, according to data published on Wednesday (April 11) by Institute for public health “Dr Milan Jankovic”.
The oldest patient was 71, while the youngest was just 15 days old.
The number of sick rose by 67 from two weeks ago, on March 28, when there was 4,225 cases.
The largest number of measles cases was registered among population younger than five and those older than 30 years of age. The worst hit regions are the most populated cities like the capital Belgrade and Nis in the south.
The data showed that 95 percent of those who got sick were not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated against this contagious disease. Many parents led by suspicious internet posts claiming the vaccination caused serious illnesses left their children without any protection.
Serbia’s health authorities demanded that those parents be punished and that vaccination was more strictly regulated by law.
The consequences of catching measles by people who were not vaccinated include brain inflammation and pneumonia. The first death to complications linked to measles in Serbia, after 20 years, was registered on December 27, 2017.