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Epidemic,Kyrgyzstan: According to the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, since
the beginning of 2023, the epidemiological situation in the country for measles and rubella has deteriorated. The
first cases were reported in the first epidemiological week in Bishkek city and Chui regions and starting from the
eighth epidemiological week it spread to Osh city and Osh region. It then spread to 34 districts in 5 regions.
The government of the Kyrgyz Republic has not officially declared an outbreak. For reference, as per WHO, the
definition of a suspected measles outbreak is five or more measles cases (with dates of rash onset occurring 7-21
days apart) that are epidemiologically linked, and the definition of a laboratory-confirmed measles outbreak is two
or more laboratory-confirmed measles cases that are temporally related (with dates of rash onset occurring 7-21
days apart) and epidemiologically or virologically linked, or both).
As of August 21, 2,743 suspected cases of measles and/or rubella were reported, from which 1774 were classified
as measles (945 laboratory confirmed cases, 323 clinically confirmed cases, and 506 are epidemiologically linked).
Measles incidence per 1M population for the period of May 2022 to April 2023 is 49.47 which is the second highest
in the WHO European region.
The country reported 11 cases of rubella in the period between May 2022 and April 2023, the fourth highest in the
WHO European region during this period.