Measles Outbreak in Madagascar Has Killed More Than Thousand People

Measles Outbreak in Madagascar Has Killed More Than Thousand People

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A measles epidemic in Madagascar is surging in Madagascar. According to a report on Sunday, the disease has killed more than 1,200 people since September. Medical experts stated that only 58% of people on the island are immunized against the fatal infection. Thus, it is the main reason for its spread. As per officials, the vaccination rate must range between 90-95% to protect against the disease. Generally, outbreaks take place due to wrong information. Most of the times, people refuse to get the vaccine. Well, the case is not different in Madagascar’s measles epidemic. The place is massively driven by poverty, deficiency, and lack of resources.

On the other hand, some regions of the island deny vaccinating on account of religion. Measles is surging across the U.S. and other parts of the world. At some extent, it is the result of misinformation that makes some parents resist at a crucial vaccine. The epidemic started last September has mostly trapped children younger than 15. Dr Dossou V. Sodjinou, a WHO epidemiologist in Madagascar, said the outbreak continues to spread in size, though at a slower rate than earlier. Measles is a virus which spreads via coughing and sneezing. The symptoms of the contagious disease include high fever, reddened eyes, and clogged nose.

According to the WHO, Measles is one of the root causes of death in children, around 450 die every day across the globe due to the illness. In Madagascar, it is very difficult to control the epidemic because nearly 50% of the children are malnourished. Dr Sodjinou calls malnutrition as a base for measles. Besides, many people across the island are poor and cannot afford to the visitor a doctor or buy medicine. Even the health centres do not have the staff or have low-skilled staff. As a result, healthcare lies in unreliable hands. Some times are unaware that those facilities offer a free vaccination. Now Madagascar’s health ministry has sent free medications to the regions affected by the disease.

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