South Sudan confirms measles outbreak

Reportage in the Health and Prevention Centre run by the local committee for social hygiene (CDHS) in Lyon, France. MMR vaccination. Priorix immunises against measles, mumps and rubella. (Photo by: BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

South Sudan’s health ministry has confirmed an outbreak of measles in five regional states, BBC reported.

According to the report, Director-General for Preventive Health Services, John Rumunu, who spoke to BBC confirmed that there was indeed an outbreak but could not give the exact number of how many had died.

He said the ministry and its partners were planning to conduct reactive measles vaccinations in the areas where the outbreaks have been reported.

Just last week, Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said that 30 children with severe measles were being treated at its facility in Pibor area in eastern South Sudan.

It called for an urgent vaccination campaign to stop the spread of the contagious disease.