In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Zimbabwe, the Ministry of Health reported as of September 4, 6,291 confirmed cases, 4,459 recoveries and 698 deaths. Cases are mainly concentrated in the eastern part of the country.
The latest figures are more than four times the number of deaths announced about two weeks ago when the ministry said 157 children, most of whom were unvaccinated due to their family’s religious beliefs, had succumbed to the disease.
Manicaland has reported the most cases (47.8%) of the cases with 3,009 and 347 deaths. This is followed by Mashonaland West with 855 cases/141 deaths and Mashonaland East with 725 cases/92 deaths.
The measles outbreak was first reported in the eastern Manicaland province in early April and has since spread to all parts of the country. Many of the deaths have been of children who were not vaccinated, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said in August.
The government has embarked on a mass vaccination campaign targeting children aged between 6 months and 15 years old and is engaging traditional and faith leaders to support the drive.
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