Buenos Aires City health officials have confirmed the detection of two cases of measles in the country’s capital.
The last time measles was detected in Argentina was in 2000, when 32 cases were reported.
A five-month-old baby, whose parents reside in the capital, and a six-month-old baby from Buenos Aires province, began showing symptoms of the virus earlier this month, health officials confirmed.
The infants were treated on July 12 and 13 at Ricardo Gutiérrez and Pedro Elizalde hospitals, respectively.
“The two cases were confirmed by IgM serology and viral genome detection by PCR in urine and a respiratory sample,” the Health Ministry reported. It issued a Epidemiological Alert on Thursday.
Brazilian health officials confirmed 500 cases of measles in that country in June. Another 1,500 cases are being investigated, the Río Times reported.