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Measles outbreak kills at least 42 people in northeast Nigeria

Elishabawa 2 weeks ago 0 2

In northeastern Nigeria’s Adamawa state, a recent measles outbreak has led to the tragic loss of at least 42 lives in just over a week, as confirmed by the state’s health commissioner, Felix Tangwami. This outbreak has primarily affected two local government areas, with nearly 200 suspected cases identified.

Efforts are underway to address the situation, with measles vaccines promptly distributed to affected areas and field teams actively engaged in containment measures. Measles, a highly contagious airborne virus, predominantly impacts children under five years of age. Its early symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, and characteristic rashes and bumps across the body.

Preventative measures, such as administering two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, are crucial for stemming the spread of this disease. Notably, since 2000, over 50 million measles-related deaths have been prevented globally through vaccination efforts, according to the World Health Organization.

Challenges such as widespread insecurity in many northern Nigerian states can disrupt vaccination campaigns, rendering children particularly susceptible to infectious diseases like measles. Thus, concerted efforts are necessary to ensure the effective delivery of vaccination programs and safeguard the health of vulnerable populations.

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