By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in Venezuela report 520 measles cases through Oct. 31 this year, according to Pan American Health Organization data.

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Since measles reappeared in the country, in 2017, the Ministry of Health has registered 10,759 suspected cases of the disease.

Zulia state reported the majority of measles in 2019 with 327 cases, or 63 percent. Of that total, 86 correspond to indigenous communities of the Wayuu, Añu, Putumayo, and Yukpa ethnic groups.

“Zulia suffers a very serious deterioration of public services that hinders control operations, such as the lack of electricity needed to cool the vaccine, transport, fuel to reach the communities and communications and information,” according to a Efecto Cocuyo report (computer translated).

Anzoátegui is the second state with the most measles cases, with 145 records. They are followed by Carabobo (17), Monagas (9), Capital District (7), Miranda (4), Nueva Esparta (3), Cojedes (2), Yaracuy (2) and Amazonas, Aragua, Bolívar and Sucre (1 each) ).