The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 2,548 new cases (14.7% increase from the previous week) and 18 new deaths (5.9 % increase from the previous week) in Afghanistan during the week ending Mar. 5.
The current outbreak started since 17 October 2021 and the number of cases reached to the highest number this week.
A total of 46,237 clinical measles cases have been reported since the beginning of the year, including nearly 4,000 lab confirmed cases.
The most affected provinces include Helmand (17.9%), Kandahar (6.0%), Balkh (4.9%), Paktika (3.6%), Ghor (3.6%) and Ghazni (3.0 %).
Out of the total 46,237 suspected cases of measles around 80.1% (37,040) were under 5 years of age.
232 deaths have been reported.
A measles campaign was conducted in Dec 2021 in Ghazni, Ghor, Helmand, Kandahar, Paktika and Balkh provinces and a total of 1.4 million children aged 9-59 months were vaccinated.
A vaccination campaign is planned on 2 phases targeting the high risk districts, phase 1 is planned in March 2022 covering 49 districts (24 provinces) and targeting 1.2 million children aged 6-59 months. Phase 2 is planned in the second quarter of 2022, targeting 3.5 million children in the same age group
in 111 district (27 provinces).
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