Measles Resurgence Catches Africa Off Guard

Once-rare measles outbreaks are returning to many African countries, where low vaccination coverage leaves many vulnerable.
 
About 44% of the world’s 2019 cases, as of September, were recorded in Africa—including a major outbreak in Madagascar with more than 150,000 cases and 1,000 deaths. In some places, health workers are in short supply and maintaining the cold chain is a challenge; elsewhere, vaccine misconceptions play a part.
 
In Uganda, a 2017 outbreak surprised health officials, given the country’s vaccine coverage—80%—though that falls shy of reaching herd immunity. Officials surmise many children got first doses but missed out on boosters. 
 
Los Angeles Times

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