Measles outbreak kills more than 1,200 in Madagascar

Measles outbreak kills more than 1,200 in Madagascar

[Ed. – Forget the ‘measles parties’ and the baseless fear that the vaccination will make the child autistic. This disease is a killer.]

Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children against a measles outbreak that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor.

Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history, with cases soaring well beyond 115,000, but resistance to vaccinating children is not the driving force behind the rise.

Measles cases are rising in the United States and elsewhere, in part because of misinformation that makes some parents balk at receiving a vaccine. New York City is trying to halt an outbreak by ordering mandatory vaccinations in one Brooklyn neighborhood.

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In Madagascar, many parents want to protect their children but face immense challenges, including the lack of resources.

Only 58% of people on Madagascar’s main island have been vaccinated against measles, a major factor in the outbreak’s spread. With measles one of the most infectious diseases, immunization rates need to be 90% to 95% or higher to prevent outbreaks.

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