Worst Measles Outbreak in Malawi: Death Toll 197

Worst Measles Outbreak in Malawi: Death Toll 197

An extensive measles immunization drive has been launched in Malawi, which is a response to the worst pandemic in almost ten years that has been witnessed by the region, as said by the health officials.

No less than 77,000 measles cases and 195 death cases have been lodged in the records ever since the month of January in the poor southern African country, which in turn has pushed powers to come up with a $4.2 million crusade, in which, six million kids are expected to be vaccinated.

Health Ministry Spokesperson, Storn Kabuluzi said that the crew was prepared to launch the program and six million kids, aged up to 15 years, was the target to be achieved under the mass immunization crusade.

Kabuluzi said that Malawi was witnessing the worst scenario with the measles epidemic in almost a decade, where, 77,000 measles cases have sprung up, which is mainly from urban areas and sub-urban regions.

In addition to this, he said that kids ran the highest risk of dying due to the outbreak, since in the previous decade, they had not been immunized with the vaccination, and more so, due to the dearth in the availability of vaccination.

The WHO suggests that the Governments immunize all, every three years, so that, an outbreak can be averted.

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