17 Die of Measles in Niger

13 Mar 2013

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Following the recent outbreak of measles in Niger State, in January this year, 17 deaths have been recorded with a total of 619 cases as 38 cases of cerebra spinal meningitis was also recorded. 

According to the state Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr Ibrahim Sule, who made the revelation at a press conference Tuesday in Minna, the outbreak of the disease was recorded on January 1 in Edati Local Government Area of the state.

Sule stated that after the first case was recorded, the disease spread to 14 other local government areas of the state, adding that measles vaccines were deployed to the affected local government areas for active immunisation just as the state government has step up surveillance of the diseases in the state.

“The disease is highly contagious and should be treated fast to avoid spreading to other areas of the state,” he said.

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