Measles kills two people as 139 others seek treatment
SEE ALSO :Measles kills more than EbolaThe disease has affected both children and adults. Hassan said that of the 139 cases, 88 were in Wajir North, 39 in Wajir West, 11 in Wajir East and one in Tarbaj. He said the worst-hit areas were Bute, Danaba and Qarsa Bulla (in Wajir North) and Hadado and Mau Mau in Wajir West. According to the World Health Organisation, measles is extremely contagious. It remains a leading cause of death among young children globally despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.
It is spread through droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons. Initial symptoms, which usually appear 10–12 days after infection, include high fever, a running nose, bloodshot eyes, and tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth.
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