On February 23, a measles outbreak was declared in South Sudan in east/central Africa. As of early March, a total of 209 measles cases and two deaths (CFR = 0.9%) have been reported. Most cases are
children under five years old (59.3%).
The outbreak has so far affected three counties of Torit, Maban and Tambura. These three counties
are from Eastern Equatoria, Upper Nile and Western Equatoria States, respectively.
Sporadic cases of measles have been reported in South Sudan since late 2021.
The ongoing measles outbreaks are attributed to suboptimal measles routine immunization coverage
in Eastern Equatoria and Upper Nile States. Improvement in vaccination coverage is highly recommended to reduce the risk for future outbreaks. Apart from measles, rubella outbreaks have
also been confirmed in Gogial West and Cueibet counties.
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