The measles outbreak, which began in the last week of 2022 in Mauritania, has grown to 285 suspected cases of measles of which 186 cases were confirmed positive to date.
In addition, three deaths have been reported.
Cases have been reported from three wilayas (regions) of Nouakchott and eight other wilayas in the interior of the country.
Among the confirmed cases, 70% of cases were under the age of 15 years. Among children aged 9-59 months, 57% were found to be unvaccinated for measles.
The WHO and UNICEF national immunization coverage for measles containing vaccines in 2021 for Mauritania was 63% while national administration coverage reported 89% in 2021. Both estimates fall below the 95% coverage required to sustain population immunity.
In recent years, the country had recorded at total of 22 confirmed cases in 2020, 747 cases in 2021, and
502 cases in 2022.
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