Measles outbreak grows in Afghanistan | News
Measles cases in Afghanistan have increased by up to 40 percent since the end of last month, with a balance of 150 deaths reported, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Around 35,000 infections were registered in the month of January, which has made the critical health situation in the country, marked by war and internal conflicts, complex.
The increase in cases of measles can be fatal in people not vaccinated against the disease, as well as in those with low defenses due to malnutrition, according to WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier.
The recent rise in #measles cases in #Afghanistan it is especially concerning because of high rates of malnutrition there. Malnutrition weakens immunity, making people more vulnerable to illness and death from diseases like measles – especially children. https://t.co/xLwsNjLRFZ
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros)
February 14, 2022
Children have been affected by the disease, reaching severe damage such as blindness, encephalitis, strong diarrhea, dehydration, as well as respiratory ailments.
The increase in cases has been evident since August last year, when WHO authorities highlighted the need to expand surveillance and testing for the disease in the country.
Despite the long crisis of the Afghan people, exacerbated by the seizure of power by the Taliban forces, in recent weeks the WHO has launched a vaccination campaign against measles, as well as care for those affected, with the aim of covering part of the population of 1.5 million people.