By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
In the past month and a half, the city of Jacobabad, in northern Sindh province, has seen a surge of measles deaths in children.
According to a Ary News report, an additional child, a 3-year-old boy, died from measles, bringing the total death toll of children by measles to 50.
“Measles is a dangerous and deadly disease for children. Vaccination is the only safety for children against it,” health officials said.
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Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. In fact, the measles virus can stay in the air for up to two hours after an infected person was there. People may be infected by simply being in a room where an infected person once was. It is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.