"Tragic incident" as 15 Syrian children die following measles immunization

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WHO/P. Virot

Fifteen children have died in Syria after receiving a contaminated measles vaccination as part of a UN immunization campaign.

Fifty more children have what have been described as serious illnesses.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that the children were immunized with a muscle relaxant.

It's not clear if the contamination was deliberate or a human error.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) which organized the campaign said they were "shocked and saddened" by the deaths.

Christian Lindmeier is a spokesperson for WHO.

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