MEASLES OUTBREAK INFECTS OVER 30,000 WITH 11 DEATHS IN UKRAINE

There has been an outcry in the country European country of Ukraine where over 30, 000 persons have been infected the deadly measles scourge.

11 persons have so far been confirmed dead from the deadly disease outbreak among which is a nine-year-old girl who died from complications Saturday after contracting the highly infectious disease.

Authorities lay blame on the combination of factors including shortages of vaccine and deficiencies in health services and the economic slowdown caused by a five-year conflict with Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 95-percent vaccination rate to prevent mass hospitalisations and fatalities.

But in Ukraine, just 42 percent of one-year-olds had been vaccinated as of end-2016, according to the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF.

Characteristic features of measles include a high fever and a reddish rash and triggers only mild symptoms but remain one of the leading causes of death among young children globally.

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