The Liberia Ministry of Health has reported a measles outbreak in Bong County in north-central Liberia.

Liberia map/CIA
Liberia map/CIA

As of 27 Sep 2017, a total of 16 cases (4 confirmed and 12 epidemiologically linked) were reported in the community.

It all started when a 3-year-old girl from Kayata Community, Suakoko District became ill on 6 Sep 2017 and presented to the local hospital (Phebe Hospital) with fever, red eyes, cough, and maculopapular rash.

A multidisciplinary rapid response team of county and district health authorities and partners has been deployed to the affected community.

A 4-day mini-vaccination campaign was launched in the affected area on 21 September 2017, targeting children aged 6 months to 10 years. A total of 971 children received a dose of measles vaccine and a vitamin A capsule, achieving an administrative coverage of 97% of the targeted population.