According to the World Health Organization, since Jan 2023, a total of 15,509 measles cases were reported in Afghanistan, of which 11,041 (71.2%) were children under 5 years of age.
1,523 cases were lab confirmed and 44 deaths have been reported to date.
WHO notes that measles cases are overall showing a slow declining trend since week 10, although still the number of reported cases is considered high as compared to the endemic level of the country prior to the outbreak.
In response to the outbreak, a total of 7,133 children have been vaccinated as part of outbreak response localized immunization campaigns by the implementing NGOs in outbreak affected areas across the country since Jan 2023.
In addition. the national measles immunization campaign was conducted during November – December 2022; vaccinating 5.3 million children aged 9-59 months in 329 planned districts of 34 provinces across the country (almost 99% admin coverage).
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