Measles outbreak in rural region of Pakistan kills 12

May 16, 2012 PAKISTANA measles outbreak has killed 12 children in the North Waziristan tribal region and is spreading as fighting, power cuts and curfews cause a vaccine shortage, doctors said on Monday. North Waziristan, which is infamous for its alleged Taliban and al Qaeda sanctuaries, is frequently hit by US drone strikes. “For the past three weeks we are daily receiving five to 10 children suffering from measles,” said Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah, chief of the agency headquarters hospital in Miramshah. He would normally see only one or two deaths a year from the disease, he said. But another doctor, Mohammad Sadiq, said 12 children and a man had died from measles in the last three weeks, and that there were up to 70 confirmed cases in hospital. The UN children’s agency UNICEF said there had been 143 measles alerts this year in the seven tribal agencies of the country. The measles virus is highly contagious and can be fatal, but can easily be prevented by proper immunization. However Shah said: “We do not have proper storage for measles vaccination because of long power outages and curfews and most of our stock expires due to these reasons.” Poverty and poor transport facilities mean villagers in the rugged, mountainous areas cannot come to hospitals for treatment, he added, while military operations and unrest mean vaccination teams cannot reach them. “There is accumulation of significant number of unvaccinated children in different parts of this region which are revealing as outbreaks or alerts from time to time,” said Dr Quamrul Hasan of the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO and local health officials are to carry out a supplementary campaign in the tribal areas aimed at vaccinating more than a million children aged under 10 by the end of June, he said. –Express Tribune
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7 Responses to Measles outbreak in rural region of Pakistan kills 12

  1. Mary says:

    Signs of the times –It’s winding down


  2. Dianne Ford says:

    This will happen here to so many people haven’t gotten kids vaccinated it is sad but I had hard measles when I was a kid and was really sick with them too.
    Had no measles shots back then and also had 3day measles but people kept kids home back then to keep from spreading diseases around to others. It is called using your head or smarts


  3. James says:

    I would rather deal with measles than the black death. When the world repents and accepts Jesus these plagues will stop!


  4. Untested vaccines causing new wave of polio-like paralysis across India

    Learn more:

    Do you really believe vacine against measles will do no harm?
    In Australia they have ceased giving ADULT/parents a vaccine against whoping cough because it was found to be inneffective…….
    I caught all/most childhood ailments – in fact my parents sent me off to play with kids locally that had the illnesses so I could catch them. I am a sufferer of adult (MMR) vaccination, which has caused me to develop SLE. It was mandatory for me to receive this jab before I could come and live in the USA – even though I had the disease as a child… six months later – whammo—— I am a sick puppy now all thanks to a live vaccine.

    These vaccines contain things which can make you very ill. Get the measels and mumps and chickpox naturally, two weeks later, with good home care, you are better, back at school and carry immunity for the rest of your life (natural immunity). JMHO Clare in Tasmania


  5. Artoro says:

    When I was growing up, many of us (maybe all) kids got the Measels but I never heard of or don’t recall anyone dying from them. I just remember going to school one morning and being sent home because my face was really red and was told that I had the Measels. Don’t recall ever feeling sick in the two weeks that I had to stay home (which was pretty cool). These people either have a really potent/new strain of the virus, are debilitated, living under very poor sanitation conditions, or have no access to health care.


  6. Gail says:

    I had the measles and ended up with eye glasses. It was found years later that measles rapidly deplete the body’s vitamin a which results in nearsightedness. There were no vaccines when I was a kid. I was lucky to have been born with antibodies for the other childhood diseases such as whooping cough and mumps so measles was the only one I was capable of getting.


  7. kip says:

    Is this the emergence of the Australia antigen (AuAg) that was predicted at Denver airport?


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