Nigeria: Measles – Kwara to Immunise 767,200 Children

Measles-immunization

The Kwara State government announced that vaccination against measles would be given to a total of 767,200 children ages 1-5 years old, in the ongoing nation wide immunisation exercise that would take place in 995 working points in the state. It would cover all 193 wards of the 16 local government areas.

Dr Amina Yahaya said that the measles vaccines are safe and also assured parents and guardians that the injection will not cause paralyses as it will be given at the arm. Additionally, Mild cases of fever should not be a cause for alarms.

Reference: Olesin, A. (2015). Nigeria: Measles – Kwara to Immunise 767,200 Children. Allafrica, 22nd December, retrieved 25th November 2015, from <http://allafrica.com/stories/201511230537.html>

Three-fold increase in measles cases nationwide in Malaysia

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The Health Department director-general, Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the number of measles cases in the Malaysia trebled as of September this year. From 195 cases (6.6 per million population) in 2013, to 235 cases (7.8 million per population) in 2014, to 602 cases (26.3 million per population) in 2015. These epidemics involve several caring institutions, schools and detention centres, and most cases occur among infants and children, aged six years and below.

Reference: Three-fold increase in measles cases nationwide (2015). Themalaysianinsider, 6th November, retrieved 6 November 2015, from <http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/three-fold-increase-in-measles-cases-nationwide>

Philippines measles in 2015 down big, Mongolia outbreak slows

measlesThe Philippines has only seen 3,052 cases of measles and three deaths for the first nine months of 2015, as compared to an excess of 53,000 cases and 102 deaths for the first nine months of 2014. Much of this can likely be attributed to mass measles vaccination campaigns in September and October of 2014.

In the fight eight month of 2015, Mongolia reported 20,010 cases of measles. In September, there was a dramatic decrease and only 151 cases were reported. Prior to the outbreak that began in March this year, the last confirmed measles case in Mongolia was in the summer of 2010.

Reference: Herriman, R (2015). Philippines measles in 2015 down big, Mongolia  outbreak slows. outbreaknewstoday, 3 November, retrieved 4 November 2015, from <http://outbreaknewstoday.com/philippines-measles-in-2015-down-big-mongolia-outbreak-slows-73103/>