Deadly measles outbreak targets Pakistani children

science | Jan 03, 2013 | By Martin Barillas

 A deadly outbreak of measles, recently recorded in the south of Pakistan, has killed 210 children. According to the World Health Organization, the virulent outbreak has been located in the Sindh province, where three million children aged between nine months to ten years will be immediately vaccinated.

In March 2012, the World Health Organization and Pakistani authorities had estimated an increase in infections. In October there was a second wave and so far 7,300 suspected cases have been examined.

About 80% of children have not been vaccinated, plus a fifth of the children who died were malnourished.

Local authorities also reported at least 300 deaths due to measles in 2012. In most cases, children have died from complications associated with the disease that is highly contagious, it weakens the immune system and can cause pandemics such as pneumonia, diarrhea, encephalitis. 



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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