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In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Afghanistan in 2022, the World Health Organization reports 59,662 cases during the first six months.

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During the week ending July 2, a total of 1,571 new cases and 9 new deaths were reported (13.3% and 25% decrease in the number of cases and deaths respectively, compared to previous week).

The trend was increasing until mid-April, 2022, however, started to decrease between then and mid May and after stabilization for 6 weeks, it started to decrease again this week.

The measles outbreak affected the entire country, however, the most affected provinces are Badakhshan (12.4%), Nangarhar (9.6%), Kunduz (9.3%), Kabul (8.7%), Helmand (6.6%) and Takhar (6%).

Measles response immunization campaign is planned to be conducted from 23rd July 2022 (for 6 days), a total 85 new high risk districts in 25 provinces (including earthquake affected districts in Paktika and Khost provinces) will be targeted.

The planned campaign will target 1.49 million children aged 6-59 months , the campaign will be implemented in 2,358 sites.