Madagascar is facing its largest measles outbreak in history as cases soar well beyond 115,000, in a measles epidemic that has killed more than 1,200 people in this nation.
As the deadly epidemic rages in Madagascar, measles cases are also rising in the United States and other parts of the world, reportedly from the resistance to vaccinating children as parents balk at a crucial vaccine.
New York City is now trying to halt a measles outbreak by ordering mandatory vaccinations in one Brooklyn neighborhood.
It’s reported just 58% percent of people on Madagascar’s main island have been vaccinated against measles, and they say its a major factor in the outbreak’s spread.
They say with measles as one of the most infectious diseases, immunization rates need to be 90 to 95% or higher to prevent outbreaks.
‘‘The epidemic unfortunately continues to expand in size’’ though at a slower pace than a month ago, said Dr. Dossou Vincent Sodjinou, a WHO epidemiologist in Madagascar. By mid-March, 117,075 cases had been reported by the health ministry, affecting all regions of the country.
The measles outbreak has killed mostly children under age 15 since it began in September, according to the World Health Organization.
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