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MALUALKON - 14 Feb 2020

Over 30 measles cases reported in Aweil East

More than 30 cases of measles have been reported in South Sudan’s Aweil East State, a health official said.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Thursday, the medical director of Malualkon hospital, Riing Yak Deng said they have recorded more than 30 cases of the disease in the state.

He further said the cases were recorded among citizens from Warawar in Warquet County and the Titchuor area within Malualkon municipality.

“Right now, we have over 30 cases of measles. We receive cases on a daily basis and discharge those who have recovered,” said Yak.

He pointed out that a pregnant woman has been hospitalized and experienced fetal loss from measles complications.

According to Yak, children who missed the measles vaccination campaign held in January across the state are the ones affected.

He disclosed that the main hospital has run out of measles vaccines and patients are sent to private clinics, while serious cases are referred to Médecins Sans Frontières Medicines (MSF) centre in Aweil town.

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus. It is normally characterized by ‘Koplik's spots’ appearing inside the mouth. These are small red spots with blue-white centers.