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Measles in the Tyrol: six babies taken to hospital as a precautionary measure

Kufstein, Schwaz – Six lowland babies were taken to the Innsbruck Children's Hospital as a precautionary measure. You may have had contact with a child with measles at the surgery of a pediatrician in the district of Schwaz. As babies are less than six months old, they can not be vaccinated against measles, the country said on Thursday.

Clinical therapy is based on a defense against infections with immunoglobulins. Thus, large parts of the immune system are activated in order to avoid a potential measles virus as soon as possible. Contact persons over a half year old and unprotected from vaccination are protected against measles infection by administering two measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines.

Already on Tuesday it was learned that a woman in the lowlands was suffering from measles. On Wednesday, another case became known, a child from the Alpbachtal had to be treated as well. Another suspected case of a possibly ill man has not been confirmed. All three cases occurred independently, it was said.

All contact persons are informed

In close cooperation with the district authorities, all necessary measures are taken to prevent the spread of measles, the country said. "All possible contact persons are informed and informed, and all necessary measures are taken from a medical point of view," explains Landessanitätsdirektor Franz Katzgraber. (

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