MSF announces end of measles outbreak in Nigeria

An article from Vaccine News Daily
August 19, 2013
MSF announces end of measles outbreak in Nigeria

 

August 19, 2013 -- Médecins Sans Frontières announced on Tuesday that a measles outbreak in Nigeria’s Katsina state is over after 28 weeks and more than 36,000 infections.

MSF supported Nigerian authorities throughout the outbreak by providing case management and epidemiological surveillance in Katsina’s 34 local government areas. The organization began supporting the Nigerian outbreak in February.

The outbreak started in December in the southern part of Katsina during the dry season. The outbreak subsequently spread to all 34 provinces. During the 28-week outbreak, 36,428 people were infected with measles and 198 people died.

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