By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In north-eastern Nigeria, officials with the Borno State Government reported 491 suspected cases of measles the week ending May 17, bringing the state total for 2021 to 5,902.


The total includes 4,653 cases in children under 5 years old, or 78 percent of the total.

In addition, six measles related deaths recorded within the week, bringing the death count to 72 since the beginning of the year.

Active case search for suspected measles cases continued in all LGAs.

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Officials face certain challenges with the outbreak to include insecurity limiting access to deliver lifesaving routine vaccines and suspected measles cases reported in unvaccinated communities.

The next steps in the battle with the measles outbreak in Borno will be the tracking of newly displaced population in IDP camps and host communities and planning and implementing extended outreach sessions with measles vaccination among new arrivals and unvaccinated population.

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