August 13, 2013 -- A severe measles epidemic has affected the whole territory of the Central African Republic, which lacks any strong health infrastructure, Health Minister Aguid Sounouk has said.
"I call on the national transitional government and all partners in health care to mobilise for urgent measures ... to minimise the impact of this epidemic," Sounouk said in a radio broadcast on Tuesday.
The minister blamed the spread of the disease on "outbreaks of measles in several administrative districts of the country where no action was organised to contain the epidemic" since December 2012.
At the time, the landlocked nation was undergoing an insurgency that led to the overthrow of president Francois Bozize in March and placed power in the hands of a rebel coalition, which has since joined with other forces to form an interim government.
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