Students of the seventh university in Russia have been transferred to distance learning due to the measles epidemic
MGIMO moved all students to distance learning until June 13 after measles was detected in one of the students.
“All classes in languages and specialties, consultations, current and intermediate passes in the period until June 13 are held remotely” – the university informed (quoted from RBC).
In addition, a quarantine was established in the MGIMO dormitory No. 1 on Nowoczermuszkinskaya Street, where a sick student was staying. His terms on the boarding school’s student council were not specified.
In turn, in the educational building on Vernadsky Avenue, Rospotrebnadzor ordered anti-epidemic measures to be carried out. An investigation was also initiated – the specialists of the ward determined the persons with whom the patient had contact and organized his monitoring. The department stressed that “exhaustive” measures had been taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
MGIMO became the seventh university since the beginning of spring where measles cases were recorded. In April, classes at the Russian State Oil and Gas University (RSU) were canceled for three days. Gubkina, and one of the dormitories of the institution was quarantined due to an outbreak of measles.
Then the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) from April 19 to May 2 transferred students remotely for the same reason. However, later the student was not confirmed to have measles and the restrictions were lifted.
At the same time, the Chief Sanitary Doctor of Moscow ordered the management of the Moscow Polytechnic University and the National Technological University “MISiS” to transfer students who have not suffered from measles and have not been vaccinated against it twice in their lives to distance education format. As explained in Rospotrebnadzor, a case of measles was detected in a student of the Moscow Technical University.
A week later, the outbreak was detected at the Russian Technical University MIREA. From April 26, students of the education building located in Stromynka have been transferred to remote education.
In early May, because of measles, several faculties of Moscow State University. Lomonosov also switched to distance learning until May 17.
The increase in measles cases in Moscow is “single”, said Russia’s chief sanitary doctor Anna Popova. In her opinion, the situation does not require systemic restrictions. “At the same time, the holiday season, the season of active migration, is approaching, so you need to take care of protection against measles and other vaccine infections,” Popova said.
The increase in measles cases in Russia began at the end of 2022. Rospotrebnadzor called it a cyclical phenomenon that occurs every 4-6 years. According to the agency, the first cases of measles were brought to Russia in January 2022 from neighboring countries and registered among the population not vaccinated against it.
According to the World Health Organization, measles is a highly contagious viral disease. There was a vaccine for measles in 1963, but every 2-3 years there are large outbreaks of measles and 2.6 million people die from it every year. The measles virus is transmitted by direct contact and through the air.