Over 1,600 suspected cases of measles reported in Sudan

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Children in South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Kent Page

More than 1, 600 suspected measles cases have been reported in Sudan, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UN health agency is working with the UN Children's Fund and the Ministry of Health of Sudan to respond to the outbreak.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

According to the WHO, 23 localities in 12 states have reported cases.

One of the most affected states is West Darfur where workers in goldmines have been particularly affected.

Recently new cases have been reported from North Darfur where the situation is compounded by internal displacement.

The agency says ongoing actions are being undertaken in North and West Darfur including vaccination campaigns and raising awareness about the disease.

WHO says that a massive vaccination campaign against measles was launched in Gedarif and Kassala states of Sudan where the outbreak started.

More than one million children between six months and fifteen years of age were vaccinated in the two states in January.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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