WHO Fears Measles Outbreak in Africa
Due to droughts, large populations are moving spreading diseases to different areas. In addition, these areas have poor health care systems, low immunization coverage, and lack of good sanitation. As a result, diseases, including Measles, are easily spread.
The WHO estimates about 2 million children are at risk of measles, and this year there have already been 5,000 cases reported. Furthermore, 9 million people are in the worst affected areas and are at risk for acute watery diarrhea and are susceptible to cholera.
According to aid agencies, the health conditions in Kenya are deteriorating. Large groups of people seek medical attention and the shortage of medical and other supplies worsens the condition.
The WHO reported 462 Measles cases in Dadaab refugee camps and 11 reported related deaths.