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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

26 children die from measles in Angola's Cabinda Province

Via Xinhua :

" LUANDA, May 9 : Twenty-six children died from measles out of 445 cases recorded in Angola's northern enclave province of Cabinda since the start of the outbreak in 2010, the official news agency Angop reported on Monday.

The situation prompted local health authorities in the province to launch a vaccination campaigns for children between six months to five years, and health officials called for parents and tutors to adhere to vaccination rules.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, which affects mostly children, and there is no specific treatment for measles and most people recover within two or three weeks, and measles can be prevented by immunization.

However, particularly in malnourished children and people with reduced immunity, measles can cause serious complications, including blindness, encephalitis, severe diarrhoea, ear infection and pneumonia or even deaths."

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