The mumps epidemycontinues to make havoc in Moldova
Chişinău, UNICEF, 18 February - The epidemic of mumps affects young population of Moldova with a growing intensity. Last week a record number of new cases have been registered – 2014 as compared to 1656 cases registered a week earlier. According to the last data of the MoH, a total number of more than 7500 children and young people were affected by the epidemic in the last two month. The epidemic has reached practically all regions of the country, while the most affected is the the capital - Chişinău, where young people are concentrated in colleges and universities and where hundreds of new patients are registered every week.
According to WHO and national experts, the only solution to stop the Mumps epidemic is to re-vaccinate the population at risk of which the majority is children. To carry out the campaign, the Moldovan Ministry of Health needs 600,000 doses of vaccines.
At the moment, the government has already ordered 100,000 dozes of vaccine against mumps, these being expected to arrive within maximum 10 days. Other 210,000 dozes of vaccines will be purchased with funds offered by the World Bank, with the technical and logistical support of UNICEF.
Most new cases (80%) are registered among young people aged 15 -24, , who were vaccinated with only one dose of vaccine, according to the vaccination calendar applied before year 2002.
The infection is notorious for its complications, of which the most severe is male sterility. The epidemic in Moldova affected this fare the pancreas in 50% of cases, and male reproductive system in 30% of cases. The proportion of males who contracted mumps is 65%. Half of those infected have to be hospitalized to contain the infection. To cope with the increasing number of hospitalized patients, the Government provided extra beds in hospitals, but the existing means do not satisfy the rising demand for isolating more patients.
Lina Bornaru, UNICEF Moldova Media Officer