Katsina, Borno and Yobe states have taken the lead in Nigeria as cases of measles surge by 700 percent in Africa for the first three months of 2019 compared to 2018.
Every state in Nigeria has recorded a case of measles in 2019, with a total of 2,113 suspected cases reported from 34 states in the last week of March.
Meanwhile, an estimated 169 million children missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017, or 21.1 million children,a year, on average, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said, yesterday.
Widening pockets of unvaccinated children have created a pathway to the measles outbreaks hitting several countries around the world.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said countries in Africa have experienced a resurgence of measles, including outbreaks reported in at least nine countries (Chad, Cameroon, DR Congo, Liberia, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda) in the last 12 months.
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